Are you free when nobody knows your name? How do our reputations impact and limit what we will do in public? When do expectations become prisons or never ending invitations to perform up to a high standard that we can’t maintain? Do we have to become of no reputation so that we can be identified with Christ?
I have been thinking about this as I mull over teachings by Jason Upton on Jesus and leadership. Jason made the point that there can be freedom in irrelevance when we get beyond our own reputation, skills and dreams. When it comes down to just Christ in us the hope of glory, that is when we become free to be all that God has designed us to be.
It’s not that the Christian should be irrelevant. No, it’s coming to the understanding that Jesus is the only one who makes us relevant. He is our source, not anything in us. We embrace God’s design for our lives at the same moment we give Him glory for all our talents and abilities. We let go of any soulish desires to control things or feed our own ego. Life transcends us so that we can be free to really live.
The moment we begin to think we have a reputation to protect tends to be when we become useless to God. Fear creeps in and holds us prisoner. But God desires that we would be free by finding our relevance in Him.