Guard Your Reputation
Are you full of good intentions but never making headway? Henry Ford said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
Our careers are highly dependent on the reputations we build. They’re established by our priorities. We, as Christians, must establish those priorities apart from what the world calls success. A good reputation is a necessary protection. Christ warned that a man could gain the entire world but forfeit his soul in the pursuit thereof. The Westminster Shorter Catechism teaches that the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. When we live with that goal and purpose, our reputations will be established on Truth. Making money and acquiring success are by-products of first serving God. Christian employees and employers have the privilege of building their careers on God’s Word and being salt and light to their unsaved co-workers.
Is there a cost to living for Christ? Absolutely. In fact, some employees may lose their jobs if bribes or other forms of deceit are required, but not their reputation. Your position may prevent you from sharing Christ openly on the job, but if Christ reigns on the throne of your heart, the Holy Spirit will provide opportunities to share. So whether you’re an employee or employer, an appointed or elected official, guard your reputation. “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)
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