Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.
I found this quote in The Finest Hours and thought that it fit this post. It is true though isn’t it? We each have a reputation. It is what people think of us from our actions, words, and just by our way of life.
1 Samuel 16:7
“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
But God looks at the heart. At our character. At our integrity. So, of course, we should all want to have integrity, because that is what God’s looking at. What He cares about. It doesn’t matter what the world thinks, because we aren’t looking for the world’s glory but God’s glory.
To receive that we need to have a firm foundation to build our integrity upon. If we don’t have a firm foundation we are like the man who built his house upon the sand. When the trials and struggles came, everything collapsed.
I don’t want to be that person who seems to have strong beliefs. But when the hard times came I come to realize that my foundation was built on stuff that only lasts maybe a little ‘while before failing. I don’t want you to be that person either.
We need that strong foundation. Only one person can give us it. God. No other person, thing, or even yourself can give you a strong foundation. Because at one point or another everything else will fail. But God won’t. He will never fail you. And I know by now that you’ve probably tired of me telling you that. But it is so important. And something that is so easy to take for granted.
“People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will be exposed.”
Unknowingly, we sometimes built our foundation on idols like money or family. Somehow we think money can save us, but it can be taken away in a flash. As can anything else of this world. Just like sand.
“The way of the LORD is a stronghold to those with integrity, but it destroys the wicked.”
But God lasts forever. If we make Him our foundation, it will never be taken away. He is ever-lasting. From there we can build our integrity, our good character. All we have to do is follow Him and make Him the center of our lives.
So what is your foundation built upon? Do you have integrity? Do you have good character?
“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD.”
Let’s make sure to examine our hearts and make sure that we don’t have something else besides God as our foundation. That could only lead to disaster. Let’s not rely on something that’s unreliable, but on something permanent.
“The LORD detests people with crooked hearts, but he delights in those with integrity.”
I make mistakes, everyone does. But having God as your foundation is so important to being a Christian. It would be so much easier to turn away from the truth if God is not our foundation. Can you even be a Christian without God at the center of your life?
1 Corinthians 3:11
“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.“
God must be our foundation. Beginning with God as our cornerstone, we can grow in our faith and in our integrity, by building upon Him.