Reputation

Jessica Heikoop

READ : John 12:37-50

They loved the glory that comes from man more. (v. 43)

Admit it: you care a lot about what others think of you. Nobody wants to be laughed at
or mocked. For this reason, we cannot be true disciples of Christ unless we’re willing to
surrender our reputation.

Jesus stated many times that the world will hate us for his name’s sake. In John
15:18-19 he says, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of
the world . . . the world hates you.” Part of being a true follower of Christ means losing
our reputation in this world as we bear his name.

If we’re not willing to surrender our reputation, we’ll end up like the people John
described, who wouldn’t admit that they believed in Jesus because “they loved the glory
that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.” Their reputation meant more
to them than following the man who they knew in their hearts was the Messiah.

Likewise, unless we are willing to surrender our reputation, what people think of us
will end up becoming so important to us that we’ll find ourselves hesitating to confess
openly our allegiance to Christ.

Will you bear his name gladly?

PRAYER

Father, may your name always be more important than our own.