Reputation Defined

“So the Lord was with Joshua, and his reputation spread throughout the land.”Joshua 6:27 (NLT)

Your reputation is what people think about you. It includes your character, your status with others, and the usual outcome of things whenever you are a part of it.

Most folks would like to have a good reputation associated with their name. People can gain a good reputation by:

  • showing skill and hard work at whatever responsibility you have.
  • being approachable and being truly interested in others.
  • being willing to ask and deal with the tough questions of life.
  • doing things in a way that inspire and include others.

Joshua was someone who had these qualities and more. Yet today’s passage reminds us that all of his successful reputation was wrapped up in the understanding that the Lord was with him. When you think about Joshua, you think about the Lord.

In Acts, Paul make this statement to the people of Athens…

 “From one man he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries.” – Acts 17:26 (NLT)

Ultimately, if anyone on the planet has had a moment of success it was only because God allowed it. There are successful people who think that they are self-made. They work hard to be noticed and to gain prestige, and even though God may allow it they are not doing it in a way that recognizes Him or brings glory and honor to the name of Jesus Christ.

What about you? Do you work at what you work at mindful that God is with you? Do you let Him know that you realize that apart from Him you can do nothing? (John 15:5) Do you have a desire to make the name of Jesus famous by what you do and how you do it? Through your work have you told anyone that you are associated with Jesus Christ? The Lord is with you, in the same way He was with Joshua. Ask God to help you recognize it and live in the reality of His 24/7 presence.

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