Your Reputation Precedes You

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Matthew 7:20

and-2297209_1280My family and I have spent the past few days packing for a long-awaited vacation to the Great Lakes region.

Because we’re not big fans of hotels, we reserved a place to stay through Home Away. It’s a family home on several acres within walking distance of a beach and parks, and the small towns nearby promise plenty for a family to do.

From web site photos, the house itself looks ideal: clean, spacious, and uncluttered, but with everything we could need to feel at home.  Many five-star reviews affirm that the house delivers the comfort that the owner promises.

house-3966469_1280More important, he has quickly responded to our many questions and concerns about everything from Internet speed, to beach access, to available board games, going so far as to offer to buy our favorite games and have them waiting for us.

It’s obvious that he has worked hard to build a clientele, so that he will have return visitors for years to come. Based upon his stellar reputation, I’ve wondered if he might be a fellow believer, and I look forward to meeting him.

What a pleasure it is to interact with someone, either personally or professionally, whose excellent reputation precedes them! That’s one of the reasons we have emphasized promptness, courtesy, initiative, and hard work to our children.

(Admittedly, I’m still working on being prompt, myself.)

We want people to be able to say, “If you ask one of the Jackson kids to do something, you can be sure it will be done right and on time.”

It’s our hope that their good reputation will glorify God and provide them opportunities to talk about their faith with believers and non-believers alike.

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. – Romans 12:17

manistique-2519631_1280On the other hand, I’m sure we’ve all met fellow Christians (or perhaps been one, at times) who have dragged down the name of Jesus because of their reputation as a gossip or poor worker, for example.

Sadly, Christians with poor reputations provide good reason for unbelievers to turn away from Christ.

They are the source of comments such as, “Why would I want to be a Christian? That person is such a hypocrite.”

It’s vital that we keep our attitudes, actions, and conversations honest, patient, and above all, loving, so that we can be a light that leads others to Christ.

How have your actions ever drawn someone to (or away from) Christ? I welcome your comments.

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. – John 13:35

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12 thoughts on “Your Reputation Precedes You”

  1. I hope, when all is said and done, I have led people closer to Christ. But I think it is proper to simply do the best we can each day with each person, striving to show Christ’s face to them in perhaps the only moment we will ever share with them. For many reasons, we may not see the results of our efforts in this life, but the important thing is for the efforts to be consistent and true. God will take care of the rest of it.

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  2. Thankfully, people do not become Christian because of others, but because of Jesus alone. Jesus is not defined by struggling believers or someone who has an off day, and praise the Lord for that. Yet, our examples truly do impact and influence. We absolutely need to be a light on the hill, stand out, and show His love to others. Our actions can influence the actions of others. And when we do mess up how we communicate that it grieves us, and we seek forgiveness from the Lord and those involved says a lot, too.

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