Above Reproach

As we grow and mature in our relationship with Christ, one of the marks that will be noticeable within us is that we will be "above reproach" (1 Timothy 3:2). Fortunately for us, this does not mean perfection. Rather it means that we will have a good reputation.

Timothy (not the Timothy sending this message to you ) serves as a good example of a Christian man with a good reputation. Look at these words that were written about Timothy, “The believers at Lystra and Iconium spoke well of him” (Acts 16:2). In other words, Timothy was “above reproach”. People spoke positively about him, not just in his home town, but also away from home. His good reputation was known not just at home, but also away from home. What about you? How is your reputation at home and away from it? How would those closest to you speak about you?

You see, building a good reputation takes time. For many of us, it will mean taking an inventory of our life and addressing and repenting from those traits that are not consistent with how men of God are to live. But, no matter what your life is like or has been like, whatever your background, building a good reputation should be your goal. I am confident of this, as you are growing and maturing in your Christian life, building a good reputation will begin to happen.

The Challenge: • If you really want to know the kind of reputation you have, what people really think of you, ask those closest to you. Give them the freedom to answer your question openly and honestly. • What one thing would you like to do this week to begin to enhance your reputation as a man of God?

~ Tim Hall https://twitter.com/1timothy12 (I encourage feedback, questions & comments - email me at 1timothy46@gmail.com)