Many people are very concerned about their reputation while others could care less. Reputation is the kind of person others think you are. We want to keep a good reputation if possible. However, as NT Christians we may find that in living for Christ some may take a low view of us. We may be ridiculed and even persecuted as we stand for the truth as revealed in God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:12 NKJV).
Character is who you really are. It is the person you are when others are not looking. Perhaps Rahab the harlot (prostitute) had a bad reputation in Jericho but later proved by a changed life that her character had greatly improved. We may not be able to change our reputation but we can sure improve our character.
“The following are some thoughts about character that will hopefully cause us to think about our own character: “It is not what we eat, but what we digest that make us strong; not what we gain, but what we save that makes us rich; not what we read, but what we remember that makes us learned; and not what we profess, but what we practice that makes us Christians.” (Mike Riley)
Let us make sure that we work on our character as we ever strive to imitate the life of Christ to the best of our ability.