I highly value my reputation. I think that is biblical to have a good reputation so as a believer in Christ we can have influence with others. Scripture confirms it – Proverbs 22:1
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.” Yet, when can something good become a stumbling block? Maybe worse yet an idol.
Abraham loved Isaac his son and God gave him the son he had desired all of his life. Yet, even though Isaac was a gift from heaven and fulfilled prophecy God wanted to be sure even the son He gave Abraham never became more important than His relationship with God. So God asked Abraham to sacrifice him back.
Joseph and Mary were given a great honor – to raise in their home the Savior of the world. Yet, in the process God asked them to sacrifice their reputation in order to serve Him. Virtually no one would believe that this child wasn’t a bastard child born out of wedlock. Their reputations would be severely damaged in the community. God asked them to lay something down incredibly important – their reputation – to fulfill His work on Earth.
We work hard at building our image in our community and relationships. What if God asked you to lay down your reputation or image for Him?