Damaging Reputations


Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 36, 37; Psalm 110; Revelation 19

Today’s Key Passage – Ezekiel 36:16-32

 

When the news broke about Tiger Woods’ marital infidelity in late 2009, it rocked the golf world.  In the wake of the scandal, Mr. Woods lost many things, including his wife and several lucrative corporate endorsements.  Companies who had long looked to Mr. Woods as a spokesman began distancing themselves from him, because they were afraid that having their names associated with him would damage their reputations.

Large companies are not the only ones worried about their reputations.  In fact, as we read in today’s key passage, God is also jealous for His name.  In speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, God told the people of Israel that He wanted to protect his reputation.  He was angry with them because they “profaned” His name among the nations. (36:21)  When surrounding nations saw the sinfulness and exile of God’s people, it did more than just damage their own reputations – it also damaged God’s reputation among unbelievers.

Sadly, the same thing happens today when we, as followers of Christ, live in disobedience to Him.  When we act sinfully, we do more than just damage our own reputations among unbelievers – we also give them further reason to deny the faith.  Each of us is called to protect God’s reputation through our actions.  We are called not to “profane” His name, but to glorify it, and when we pattern our lives after Jesus Christ, we can do just that.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on September 14, 2012, in 26 - Ezekiel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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