The Power of ReputationChurch
1 Timothy 3:7 “He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace…”
I remember back at my previous church, the church security team was running low and so I was encouraged to offer myself to their services. I mentioned to the leader of the security team that I would be interested in getting involved.
I was surprised that they would trust a multi-million pound campus with a skinny 19 year old guy, but I was even more surprised that they would do so based on my reputation alone! There was no interview, no questions, no ‘I’ll go away and think on it‘, they just said yes straight away because they knew I was a ‘good guy’.
It struck me that there is huge power in reputation.
Whether your reputation is a good one, a bad one or a mixed one…it has power. It has influence. People will make decisions based on your reputation alone, without even speaking with you and without even knowing you! I know the reputation of people I have only met a couple of times…because there reputation proceeds them.
Having a good reputation is not about pleasing people. It’s simply growing in favor with people so that you can serve God in a greater capacity. All great businesses should have a good customer service. If we are in the business of people then we need to have a good customer service where we are growing in favor.
Jesus had to grow in favor before he started his ministry. His favor and good reputation was the bridge over which he transported the Kingdom of God. His favor enabled him to teach and reach so many people. If Jesus needed to do so, how much more do we need to pursue a good reputation with both the church and those who we are reaching!