The Religion of Reputation

by Shane Wall

A business owner remarked concerning an individual she was asked to mentor. She said, “I don’t want to be seen with her because she’s a social outcast, and our acquaintance would ruin my reputation.”

What part of our reputation do we try to uphold by not being seen with someone who’s in need of wise advice? We should never treat our reputation as if it is a religion, serving ourselves above all others. None of us are perfect, but One Who is all-perfect and most righteous is Jesus Christ, and He didn't care at all about His reputation on Earth, as we see in the following scripture.

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippians 2:6-8 (KJV)

The days of receiving help from an entire village humbling itself to raise a child is virtually nonexistent. Society sees one individual go awry and looks the other way as her life decays and later is no more. The comment, “What a shame...”, is usually attributed to the indecency of character. Which character is more indecent: the one needing wisdom, or the one refusing to offer wisdom?

Who was the last person you helped that wasn’t a member of your family, circle of close friends or associates?

Are we trying to build our own tiny kingdoms in this world, by only caring for those closest to us, instead of focusing on building God's Kingdom on the Earth, by caring for those with the resources we have to offer?

I know. I know. I know. There are plenty of organizations that help people, and it's so much easier to write a check to an organization and feel good about ourselves, but there's so much more we can do personally.

We may even feel violated the following month when we are sent a letter from that organization thanking us for our donation and asking for additional funds to further their cause for the future. At the moment of our feeling violated, did we truly desire to help a needy individual in the first place?

People say that time is money, but spending time with a needy individual is priceless. You can't put a price tag on sharing heart-to-heart. There is no fee relevant to a hug that communicates genuine care and concern for the physical and spiritual well-being of an individual.

Let's release any and all of our ego and pride that would hamper our willingness to help another. I know that we’re not available for everyone, all the time, but when we can, we need to be there for whoever needs us. The best reputation to have is not caring about our reputation, but rather, caring for others.

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