"Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. Now the overseer must be.... He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap" 1 Timothy 3: 1-7.
In the long list of qualifications that a person must have to be in a position of leadership in the church is that of having a good reputation outside the church. As Christians, we should be like Daniel in the Old Testament. When they sought to find something to accuse him of - they couldn't. They had to attack his consistent religious observation. He prayed. If we want to be an effective Christian serving God in a god-less world, we need a reputation that is impeccable. If they find fault, let it be that we are consistent in serving God and others.
If you want to ridicule me - I hope that it is because of the way that I faithfully serve God and my fellow man. Today, work on your reputation. Find someone and serve them in the name of our Savior.
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