HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
You don’t need to read much of the Bible to realize that God cares deeply about his reputation.
For example, the Bible says in Ezekiel 20:44, “Then you’ll know that I am the LORD when I will have dealt with you for the benefit of my own reputation and not according to your evil attitudes or corrupt practices” (ISV).
And this is how King James Bible puts it “ And ye shall know that I am the Lord when I have wrought with you for my name’s sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God.”
But God doesn’t just care about his reputation. He cares about the church’s reputation, too. This is taught throughout Scripture. As Christians, we are “little Christs” who represent Jesus on earth. We can either bring him fame or shame.
This is important for all believers, but it’s particularly crucial for those of us who lead. We must be people of integrity. The world is watching how we respond to the tests and trials in our lives. We either draw people to Jesus or repel them with our lack of integrity. I want you to remember when you set yourself in secret places to gossip about your elders that there is a recording angel who reports the time and location and what is spoken from a devious mouth.
To have a ministry of integrity, make these four commitments: