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What Is Your Kingdom Reputation?
What Is Your Kingdom Reputation?
Reputations Are Important and Desired
- A good reputation and loving esteem by others are a choice and priority (Pr 22:1; Eccl 7:1).
- Men with superior conduct are to be acknowledged (Rom 16:7; I Cor 16:18; Phil 2:29; 3:17).
- The just shall live by faith, but great men live by great faith and get a good report (He 11:2).
- Without a good reputation, you live a meaningless life, and you die a meaningless death.
Reputations Are Based on God and Others
- It is a lame excuse and lie to think you have a good report with God, while offending men.
- Most men consider themselves great and will say so, but great men are very rare (Prov 20:6).
- Samuel and Jesus are clearly identified as growing in favor with men (I Sam 2:26; Luk 2:52).
- Keeping mercy and truth obtain favor and good understanding with God and men (Pr 3:3-4).
- The conduct of the righteous causes their stock to rise rapidly (Gen 39:1-6; I Sam 18:1,5-8,14-16,30; Prov 9:8; 11:27; 14:35; 16:13; 22:11; 24:26; 28:23; Dan 6:1-5; Rom 16:4,7; etc.).
- Zealous saints can be known far and wide for faith and fruit (Rom 1:8; 16:19; I Thes 1:6-10).
- Saints and ministers are to have a good reputation before outsiders (I Thess 4:12; I Tim 3:7).
- Going further needs a broader study.
Examples of N.T. Reputations
- In each of these great examples, read every word of the Holy Ghost to glean all that is there.
- Cornelius led his house to fear God and was godly with God and men (Ac 10:1-2,22,34-35).
- Ananias had a good reputation with all the Jews in the capital city of Syria (Acts 22:12).
- Phebe was a succourer, or helper, of the apostle Paul and of many saints (Romans 16:1-2).
- Gaius was so given to hospitality that Paul said he was host of the whole church (Ro 16:23).
- Stephanas and family were addicted to service and worth acknowledgment (I Cor 16:15-18).
- Timothy was an exceptional minister with his priorities superior to all others (Phil 2:19-22).
- Epaphroditus was another minister that Paul commended highly for devotion (Phil 2:25-30).
- Philemon was a worker with Paul known by saints for love, faith, and works (Phile 1:1-7).
- Gaius had a lifestyle in the truth, in faithful service, and a witness of charity (III John 1:3-6).
- Demetrius had a good report of all men, as measured by truth, and the apostles (III Jn 1:12).
How Can I Improve My Reputation?
- Serving as a servant builds the greatest reputation in the kingdom of heaven (Matt 20:25-28).
- Work is service wherever you can be used to benefit one or more (Rom 16:6,9,12; Heb 6:10).
- Charity, or love of others, is more excellent service than an apostleship (I Cor 12:31; 13:13).
- Scriptural and spiritual conversation from knowledge is wonderful (Pr 22:17-21; Ro 15:14).
- Zeal in good things over time marks exceptional men (II Kings 10:16; Gal 4:18; II Cor 9:2).
- Fruitfulness in helping, lifting, teaching, and warning others is special (Prov 11:30; 10:21).
- Prayer is labor and wrestling with God for blessings (Luke 2:36-37; Col 4:12-13; Eph 6:18).
- Seeking first God’s kingdom separates the spiritual from the carnal (Matt 6:33; Phil 3:18-19).
- Faithfulness is constancy and continuing in the things marked out by scripture (Prov 20:6).
- Participation needs eagerness, volunteering, asking for assignments, creativity, initiative, etc.
Churches have a core of zealots, a shell of faithless and fruitless, and a body of the average.