Henry Ford said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.”. So often, we know what should be done and intend to do those things. But, often those ‘should do’ things do not get done. There is an old saying, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” Your reputation must be built on things that have been done and are open to examination.
Jesus addresses this situation in Matthew 7:21-22: “So then, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” The reputation of a Christian is not so much based on what the person says, but rather is based on what they actually get done.
I believe two things are necessary to build a reputation that will garner respect for the individual and lift up the cause of Christ. First, we must be actively engaged in doing God’s work. “For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people” (1 Peter 2:15, NKJV). Christianity was never intended to be a spectator sport. In scripture we see, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38, NKJV). The example of Jesus compels us to be a doer. James provides these words of wisdom: “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves… a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1: 22, 25, NKJV).
Secondly, it is not enough to be doing good things – the things we are doing must be those things that reflect the will of God. Being busy and doing those things the Lord desires for us to do can be miles apart. Too many religious folks equate being busy doing church activities with doing the Lord’s will. No so! Charles Swindoll says, “We are often so caught up in our activities that we tend to worship our work, work at our play, and play at our worship.”
Prayer: Lord, help us to build a Godly reputation by doing the hard work needed to advance the Kingdom according to your will.
~ Brother Roy