Public Relations (Part 4)
Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap.
1 Timothy 3:2-7 (NIV)
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches...
Proverbs 22:1 (NKJV)
A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
Ecclesiastes 7:1 (NKJV)
AMTC's Head of Bookkeeping is Nerissa Heil. She was born and raised in the Philippines. For years, I've witnessed Nerissa's behavior, and it remains constant: She is extraordinarily hard-working, humble, kind, capable, generous, exuberant and joyful.
She goes out of her way to help anyone at any time. Nerissa is the only Filipino I know well. Based on her, I've decided I love the Philippines: a nation of 99 million people. Could I judge 99,000,000 by one? Surely, Nerissa's reputation extends further than she knows, and even more... as a Christian.
Shouldn't every Christian be a walking billboard for Jesus--just by the way we act? Because our actions are remarkably different than the norm? 'By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another' (John 13:35). That's the reputation we need. 'Now then we are ambassadors for Christ' (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Peter puts it this way: 'Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us. Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority... For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people... Show proper respect to everyone' (1 Peter 2:12-17).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: act like Jesus. When you don't, ask forgiveness and try again. Repeat this prescription as often as necessary. Surely, you will be transformed and grow into the Person you aspire to be. 'Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near' (Philippians 4:5).
It's all about reputation. Yours must reflect His.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Public Relations series.