Someone told me a few days ago that they heard that I was running for exercise. This confused me, since I haven’t really run for years. Then I remembered that I had indeed jogged for a few yards while out for a walk. Someone must have seen me for those few seconds, and assumed that I was running all the way. It seems that I have a reputation, at least in someone’s eyes, of being a runner, even though I only ran a few steps.
I suppose that people could catch us at a good moment and think that we are living all out for God all the time. They might see us going to church once and think that we attend all the time. They might see us do a good deed and assume that this is our regular practice. Or they might see us being generous on a rare occasion and think that we always have a big heart.
Let’s be careful that we aren’t building a reputation that is undeserved. Let’s really be active in serving God and our fellow man.
“…I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.”—Revelation 3:1-2.