Reputation

Reputation Customer Service Connected on MatrixA good reputation is built up over time with consistent behavior that is honorable. The word is defined as: “the general opinion or belief that are generally held about someone or something”.  To a large extent, my behavior today affects my reputation today and going forward.  When a teacher is too strict, they have that reputation with the students. Or if a teacher is too tolerant of misbehavior, then they have a reputation of being a “push over”.  My reputation is something that I have some control over, but it’s more about how I’m perceived. Check this out…

11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:11-12 NIV)

 

As a believer, Christ calls me to a certain lifestyle and behavior. He wants my life to be a testimony of His Presence in me. He calls me to respect and honor others. He calls me to love others.

As a REALTOR, I’ve pledged to act and honor a certain Code of Ethics in my business and in my life.  I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do everything right. In fact, I make mistakes every day. I will say though that I don’t make intentional mistakes or try to harm others intentionally. Taking care of my reputation is very important to me. I’ve had people who try to influence me to act on their behalf even if it’s the wrong thing for me to do. I want to be found living a good life and doing the right thing when faced with a choice.

I loved Andy Stanley’s book, “The Best Question Ever”, it gives insight in to how ask the right question before proceeding with action. Each action of my life builds up or tears down my reputation as a Christ follower. I don’t ever want to hurt the Lord or His Church by misbehavior or lack of action. I want to live a good life that honors Him and serves others because He’s called me too!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Life

GameThere is this board game called the “Game of Life”. I played it as a kid and had lots of fun pretending to be someone else, with a fake job, fake family, fake money, etc… It was a bit of a reality check though because it made me think about what my life would look like someday.

I now live out the “game of life” every day. I get to make choices based on my values and my convictions. I know that as a believer, my systems and ideas with be directly opposed to what others believe in or think about. I’m good with that. It does not mean that I’m better than anyone else, or better off than anyone else. I just want to live with eternity in mind. This life is not all there is.

Paul enters into debate with some of the Jewish Christians and the non-Jewish (Gentile) Christians. He makes it really clear that we are saved because of Jesus, NOT because of good behavior on our part. Check this out…

15 “We who are Jews by birth and not sinful Gentiles 16 know that a person is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law, because by the works of the law no one will be justified.
17 “But if, in seeking to be justified in Christ, we Jews find ourselves also among the sinners, doesn’t that mean that Christ promotes sin? Absolutely not! 18 If I rebuild what I destroyed, then I really would be a lawbreaker.
19 “For through the law I died to the law so that I might live for God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:15-21 NIV)

 

This passage of scripture really blesses me personally because I’ve tried to be good and I’ve still failed. I’ve tried to do all the right things and still failed. Just because I’m saved by grace doesn’t me that I’m going to be a “hellion” going forward. I’m so thankful for grace that I want to honor the Giver of grace.  I live for Him. I love because of Him. He sustains me. He directs me. He walks with me. He has saved me! I can’t imagine this game called life without Him!

Pressing On!
Dwayne