Devotions

Lesson One • Devotion #4: Reputation

Some years ago, I was out for a run when I ran into my high school history teacher. I had not seen him in about 25 years. He had not changed. I viewed most my teachers as “old,” and now he was. He taught at Warren Fitzgerald his whole teaching career. We had talked some while I was in school, but I knew he had thousands of thousands of students come through his class. I introduced myself, and he said, “Johnson, baseball player and a Baptist.” Obviously, I wish he had said a Christian (and a great baseball player). As I thought about it, I was pleased on how he remembered me.

Several people are listed in 1 Corinthians. There is Saul (Paul), Sosthenes Chloe, Cephas (Peter), Crispus, Gaius, Stephanas, Aquila, Prisca, and a leader by the name of Apollos. Not much is known of Apollos. However, Acts 18:24 says, “Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures.”

A complimentary description is given of Apollos. He was eloquent and competent. He knew the Word. That is such a great reputation to have. Benjamin Franklin warned, “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” We need to focus on character and hope the truth will be seen and heard through reputation. Dwight L. Moody said it this way, “If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.”

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.” Having a good name is a priority. George Washington said, “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.” We all know the phrase “guilty by association.” Could we be guilty of good things through association? I think so.

Finally, Acts 24:16 says, “So I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man.”

What are you known for?

What do you want to be known for?

What are you going to do about it?

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” Socrates



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