What is worth your reputation?

Something wonderful has happened.  People who tend by nature to be more concerned for their every day lives and cares have looked up.  They have seen that there is something greater than their individual lives and agendas.  They have become aware that there is something worth struggling for more important than the whole of them all.

Men and women have left their egocentric mindset and looked out across history and peered into the future to dare a hope, to embrace a dream.  These people have dared to chart a new course.  They have dared to say no to the establishment that would keep their noses down with the heavy hand of fear upon them.

To this one cause has all division fallen away.  Not loosing individuality, rather grasping something worthy of the efforts of them all they have come together.  In their hope they have seen the blessedness of the light to be shed upon the hearts and souls of men.  They have counted themselves unworthy of the cause they have embraced, to the point of laying all their possessions and reputations on the altar of sacrifice.  Not for personal gain, rather for the others.  Not just those who have embraced the calling, but for those who would awaken to the call.

Who were these people and to what did they pledge themselves to?  What was it they saw that other men did not see?  What was it they were willing to sacrifice for the hope they had within them?

Who are you and what do you pledge yourself to?  What do you see that other men do not see?  What are you willing to sacrifice for the hope you have within in you?  Is there anything larger than you and your immediate desires and needs?  Is there anything so great, so important, so necessary that all other ambitions pale in comparison?  These men gave up all they considered gain to obtain liberty.

“we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.”[1]

These men are our founding fathers who risked their lives, their families, their fortunes, their reputation to become an outlaw, to become antiestablishment.  History has proven it has cost some of the signers of the Declaration of Independence exactly that.

For those of us who feel a burden, a burning in our bosom for the word of God, how far are we willing to go for that calling?  Is your reputation at church more important than what God has set you on fire with?  Are your friends and their opinions of you more important than what God has revealed to you in scripture?  If we are not willing to be burned in the fire, to lay down our lives for the gospel that stands above the establishment, are we worthy of the burden God has given us?  To whom are you intimidated to speak your heart of the gospel the Holy Spirit has shown you?  To whom are you afraid to offend?

Give up all hope of what your burden is for the gospel.  Give up all desires for God to use you to achieve such ends, if you are not willing to offend the establishment.  To put the burden God has placed in you above that coveted relationship or position.

But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ[2]

If we really want to gain what we can not get through the establishment, will we be like our founding fathers, will we become like Paul?

[1] Declaration of Independence

[2] Philippians 3:7-8

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