“We have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.”
Joshua 2:10-11, NIV
In his book, The Pursuit of WOW! Tom Peters says, “People can smell serious emotion, commitment, and energy from a mile – make that ten miles – away.” I have found this to be generally true.
Let me ask you something. What does your relationship with Christ do to God’s reputation with those around you? It is an important question.
Rahab, a prostitute from Jericho, utters the words above. She is speaking to two spies from among the Israelites who would soon overtake her city. God’s reputation was great among her people. His leading of Israel in the crossing of the Red Sea and in the conquest of two enemy kings had resonated to the people of Jericho. Before the Israelite spies ever got there, Jericho was “melting” in fear because of this God the Hebrew people served.
With so much emphasis on evangelism and witnessing in the church it would be easy to lose sight of the most effective testimony of Christ to the culture – a serious relationship with the living God. I can promise you that if you are serious in your walk with Christ, God’s reputation will be impacted in a powerful way in the world around you.
Someone recently told me that “The greatest argument for Christianity is Christians and the worst argument for Christianity is Christians” – a statement I find both compelling and humbling.
QUESTION: Take a personal inventory of your life and put check marks by the places that enhance God’s reputation in you. Ask God to make His Name great in your life.