Shrewd Mammal

Reputation and character

Posted on: September 15, 2008

This morning I was reading Luke 12:1-12 and it got me thinking about reputation versus character, especially I light of something like the Lehman Brothers collapse.

I am no financial guru and know next to nothing about the finance sector but even I knew of Lehman Brothers. As I understood it, it is was pretty well known bank and my limited knowledge of it was that it was a huge, stable and well known bank.

We find of course that it was much like a house built on sand. Perhaps we confuse reputation and character too much. Lehman’s reputation was clearly not matched by it’s character and now as in Luke 12:2 it is all coming to light.

So it is with men. We strive to portray an image to the world, what we want the world to think of us and sometimes we begin to believe our own hype. God however sees the character within, the inner motivators.

We are what we do, not what we say we are.

Our hearts give us away, our thoughts betray us to God. The most scary thing (but also the most comforting) is that in Verse 7 we are told

But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

God is aware of each one of us. God calls us through the Law and He pulls us towards Him by His Son. At this time of uncertainty it is especially important to remember the depth of character that Jesus showed, and that we are called to show. Fear not for the fears of a man made world are just that, man made.

We should not be afraid to always confess Christ crucified for our sins. That God loved us so much (John 3:16) that He sent his son Jesus to die for us. That we are al sinners and fall short of the Law should point us towards the nature and kindness of our redemption through the Blood of the Lamb. Every single person is a sinner according to the Law,  but our debt has been paid because Christ died for us and all our sins.

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