Athlete, Think About Reputation

Luke 5:27-32

After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, "Follow me." And leaving everything, he rose and followed him.

And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" And Jesus answered them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."

Athlete, reputation is an interesting thing. It causes us to do or not do something. A lot of the times this is a good thing but sometimes we make our reputation the most important and that is a sinful thing.

When Jesus visited Levi in his home, he hurt his own reputation. The most religions and righteous people in those days saw Jesus and asked. "Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?" Essentially saying, why are you associating yourself with these lowlifes?

The Pharisees and scribes were more concerned with their own appearance of holiness than with helping people. More concerned with criticism than encouragement. More concerned with outward respectability than practical help.

But God cares more about his glory and his name than your reputation. God cares about ALL people. He is concerned for all people all over the world. This includes the sinful and hurting ones. The christian life is not a popularity contest but a chance for all to follow Jesus.

Following Jesus' example, we should share the Good News of His life, death, and resurrection with the poor, immoral, lonely, and outcasts, not just the rich, moral, popular, and powerful. Don't get caught up in caring more about your reputation than sharing with those around you what Jesus has done.





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