Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. (I Timothy 3:7 NKJV)
What do people say about you? I am sure that one too many times you have heard the expression “It doesn’t matter what people think of you…” Now, that is true in a sense. We are all different from each other, we also see things a little bit differently from one another. So, one persons actions may be misinterpreted by another. In such cases, if there’s an opportunity to clarify yourself, do it. If not, don’t allow your heart to be disturbed by the misinterpretation. It will distract you and sap your energy.
It could also be a case where that other person is trying to paint a picture of what you’re not in order to discredit you, or provoke you to act in a certain way. Don’t allow that to happen. Don’t so much as accord such a thing the dignity of your response. Don’t waste your time and energy contending with something that’s not in existence because once you do, you open the door for it to come into existence.
On the other hand, when people point out your actions, you need to pay attention to what they are saying. Many times, it is those observing from a distance that see things better than the ones very close to the thing. Distance gives you a wider perspective. You are able to see more and take more into consideration, and you’re able to come up with a more informed conclusion. That’s why coaches can be trusted to shout instructions from outside the field. That’s why you, who is watching the game from afar can see what you think the player on the field would have done. He didn’t do it, not because he doesn’t want to, but because he is too close to the situation to see it. That’s also why someone not related to a case is always the better person to handle the case.
Here’s what we need to understand; people’s “opinion” of you may not matter, but their “observation” of you matter too much to be ignored. More so, as a leader. Whatever people observe about you, the leader, that is what they infer also about those following you. Your story, dear leader, can either make your cause, or mar it. People like Mathew the tax collector, whose wrong doing was public knowledge, had to of necessity present a public proof of their change. As a leader, you must ensure that people out there have a good report about you. I’m not saying to dance to their tune and do evil so that you can be in their good books, no, I’m repeating Christ, let your light so shine before men…be such a man that even if people criticise you, it will be for your love for truth and godliness, not for wrong doing.
If not, the devil will set a trap for you, and he will get you, definitely. And he will scatter the sheep under your care. Please be careful as a leader, make sure that Romans 2:24 is not fulfilled about you. Make sure God’s name is not insulted among outsiders because of you.
O LORD COME SOON.