Character is defined as, “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.”
Do you consider yourself a seeker of a Godly character? What is it that drives you to do the things you do?
The world we live in is so addicted to social media that the images and comments shared about us instantly define our reputation. How quickly we can develop an opinion about someone and never having spent time looking them in the eye, hearing from their heart or personally observing their life. Yes, a reputation can be a dangerous thing. The problem is that our reputation is not in our control. A reputation is defined as, “the beliefs or opinions that are held about someone.” Much different than character.
Our reputation reflects our character and is based on some amount of truth. Much as a tree has a shadow and the shadow reflects the tree but is not a perfect interpretation of it and can become distorted depending how others view it. Though we may try, it is impossible to be in control of what others think and say about us.
Our reputation is also important to build our character. Things that come to light about our reputation that are based on fact can bring conviction and lead to restoration in our relationship to Christ. Just as Paul confronted Peter about shunning gentile believers while in the presence of Jewish brothers, what others observe about us can be helpful when we are made aware of our ways.
Though there are a few good points, too many people are reputation seekers and place more importance on what others think of them than what God knows about them. The pharisee praying aloud for all to hear boasted of his ways. His desire was to build his reputation with men; however, God’s word states he prayed “thus with himself” signifying his prayer did not reach the ear of God.
We can see there is reason to be concerned about our reputation, but we must never strive to build our reputation at the risk of our character. We all want to be liked and thought well of but remember at the end of the day there is only one that will stand in judgment of us. What Christ knows about us is the basis of rewards won and lost not whether we had more likes than others. Character is most important and keeping it godly is job one. Strive to be the Christian God intends you to be and pray He takes care of our reputation for His glory.
Colossians 3:23 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
Galatians 1:10 “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”