As a Christian we all want a good reputation! We want people to think well of us. We like looking very put together on the outside. If were honest, it makes us feel good when people think we’re spiritual, prayerful, in the Word and doing all the right Christian things as we should be. Reputation is important and it does carries a lot of clout!
But more important than reputation is our character! God looks at our character - what’s in our heart. It’s so important to keep our heart’s pure. Trials and struggles of this world can stain us. Christianity can become robotic, we must be ever so careful to guard our hearts with all diligence Prov. 4:23.
Only God sees what’s in one’s heart. I want Him to see my heart desperate for Him alone. I think of King David and with all of his failures his reputation wasn’t about that, but it was about his character of a man after God’s own heart. Oh how I desire that to be my legacy!