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Reputation

How are you known to others? That is a good question. We call it a person’s reputation. I can’t think of anyone that I know that doesn’t truly care about their reputation. Nobody wants to be thought of in a negative light. We want to be thought of in positive ways. The Bible even tells us that those who want to serve as pastors and deacons need to be people of good reputation. The Lord teaches us that we should be a people of good reputation.

Today though I want us to look at our reputation in another way, and that is what is our reputation to our enemy? What does the devil and his little imps think about us? In Acts chapter 19 there was an event where there were those who tried to do an exorcism and they called out the demon “by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” The demon responded in a chilling way, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you? These poor brothers then got the daylights beat out of them.

The enemy absolutely knew who Jesus was, it had even heard of Paul, but these guys had no reputation. Earlier in Acts chapter 16 Paul and Silas were being followed by a girl possessed by a demon and telling fortunes. The demon kept calling out that “these men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” Paul and Silas’ reputations were getting around and the enemy knew what they were all about.

This brings up a very good question. What is your reputation among the enemy of our soul? Does the enemy take us seriously or does he even know our name? You see I believe the Bible teaches us that our faithfulness to Christ will put us on the enemies’ radar. In my mind I like to imagine the enemy cringing every time I am around one of his captives because they know that the words of salvation and freedom will be spoken.   Oh sure, I am like everyone else, I want to be liked and have a good reputation among people. Yet when it comes to the enemy, I want a different kind of reputation. I want the enemy to cry out “this is one of the servants of the Most High proclaiming the way of salvation, keep away, keep away.”

That is my hope anyway.

What about you? What do you think your reputation is to the enemy? Are you a thorn in his side? Does he dread every time you are in the presence of a lost person knowing that the first opportunity you get you are going to proclaim the way of salvation?  Then there is the other question, does the enemy even know you exist? Here is what I know; when you have a horrible reputation among the enemy, your reputation in heaven is great. Soldiers of the cross rise to the battle, the enemy is real. Let us be a thorn in his side. Let us have a reputation among the enemy for the Glory of the King.