Paul writes to the church at Thessalonica an important piece of advice that everyone needs to hear.
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life”
1 Thessalonians 4:11
There are two things that can define you among your community. One is your personal presence and, second, your personal reputation.
- Personal Presence
- Personal Reputation
One of the question you have to ask yourself is, How does my presence in my community affect them (either positive or negative) ?. There are people who always carry a “Drama stage” with them. The moment they step into a conversation they take the center stage. They make sure everybody listens to them and has their attention fixed on them. Among a group of friends, they can become the “Hero or leader” who makes sure, everybody listens to them and follows their command.
You know such people… you might be even reminded of such people as you read this.
Here’s what Paul encourages, make sure you are living a life that is less attention seeking and more relationship seeking. When you join a community, be a part of them and contribute as much possible and so when they think of you; they will have good thoughts about you.
When you are quite, people will observe you. When you are loud and try to seek attention, they may not even want to hear you or see you.
It’s important to carry a good testimony about yourself. There might be something that you have done in the past before you received salvation. But after you’ve accepted Jesus as the master of your life. If you continue to do the same mistake that you did earlier, you will lose your reputation.
When somebody talks about you let them have good thoughts about you. Carry yourself in such a way that is favorable to God and Man. Jesus lived the life that pleased both God and Man. Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
We have to do a self-check of ourselves every day. From the words, we speak and the actions and the decisions we make, we have to check if we are representing Jesus in our life.
Personal presence and personal reputation are equally important. Carry yourself in such a way that people have pleasing thoughts about you and that your reputation speaks more than what you can even speak about yourself.