“A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. And the day you die is better than the day you are born.” Ecclesiastes 7:1 NLT
A man of God cannot be one way when he is in the church, as if he were wearing a veil of holiness that he puts on as he buttons his shirt in the morning, and act a completely different way Monday through Saturday. A man can do that, but not a man of God. A man of God recognizes that he is to honor the name of the Lord he follows each and every moment of every day. A man of God understands that we are to not take the Lord’s name in vain. This is more than just vowing not to use Christ as a swear word. As a bride takes on the name of her husband, so Christians bear the name of their bridegroom. Thus, how a man carries the name of Jesus as he goes about his everyday life is one of the greatest testimonies of true character. I believe this is why Paul reminds us here in 1 Timothy that an elder, “…must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.” The way an elder carries themselves outside of the church is perhaps one of the greatest tests of whether or not they are qualified to lead the people of God in the church. If an elder were to play the role on Sunday, but frequent the gentlemen’s club to let off a little steam each night before going home after work then he disqualifies himself from serving in that capacity. This would be like putting a chocolate coating on dog feces. On the outside it may look like a snickers bar, but as soon as you dig a little deeper you uncover the true nature of the issue. A man of God is to represent the name of Christ wherever they go, this is carrying a good reputation.
Putting it into Practice
How are you doing in representing the name of Jesus in your everyday life?
Father God we thank you for the forgiveness and freedom that is found in the Lord Jesus Christ. We thank you for the indwelling presence of your Holy Spirit, who gives us new life and sets us apart for holy living. We thank you that we are counted among the righteous as your possession. May we truly grasp the amazing responsibility we have to honor the name of Jesus by carrying it well. May our reputation be one in which we can be proud of on the day we stand before you. In Jesus name, Amen.