We invest in our reputation.
Whether we intend to or not.
Good and bad.
Our reputation is how others see us, but our character is who we really are.
Seen is what we reveal to others.
Unseen is what is not always revealed but this also has an audience.
In the letters to the churches in Revelations 2:1-32, seven times the words “I know” appears.
The message is two-fold
“I know what is seen, but I also know what is not”.
Jesus speaks to the churches not as an accuser but as a friend.
To encourage, to correct and also to chastise.
But there is also another observer.
Job 1:6 identifies him as Satan
Zechariah 3:1 identifies this observer as one ready to accuse.
Revelations 12:10 leaves no doubt that he is “the accusers of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before God day and night.
I recently thought, I want my reputation to be the same before God as it is before others.
The unseen the same as the seen.
I am fully aware that I am not there.
And most likely will not be this side of heaven.
It is ironic that the enemy who stands accusing you and me day and night is doing so before the same God who has forgiven us for any and every charge the enemy can bring before Him, about us now and forever.
And that brings clarity. It relieves the pressure of trying to achieve a standard, a reputation I could never attain and replaces it with trust.
What and who I trust develops character
Trust helps me to believe the only thing that is important about my character and reputation is this.
That I am right before God.
Revelations 12:10 tells us how this is possible, how we silence the accusations of the enemy.
1. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb.
2. And by the word of their testimony.
3. They didn’t love their life so much that they refused to give it up.
The only legitimate accusation the accuser can make
• We have unconfessed sin
• We have not accepted the blood of Jesus which covers all of our sin.
When we trust Him and believe all His promises are true this determines our character and despite our failures and weaknesses defines our reputation….