Thursday, August 23, 2007

Reputation and Reality

"This distinction between reputation and reality, between what human beings see and what God sees, is of great importance to every age and place. Although we have responsibilities to others, we are primarily accountable to God. It is before him that we stand, and to him that one day we must give an account. We should not therefore rate human opinion too highly, becoming depressed when criticized and elated when flattered. We need to remember that 'The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart' (1 Samuel 16:7). He reads our thoughts and knows our motives. He can see how much reality there is behind our profession, how much life behind our facade." ~ John Stott, What Christ Thinks of the Church, pg. 83

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