77. If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid (John 5:31).
Now Jesus is making a point about His deity, but this phrase reminds me that you don’t build a reputation by what you say about yourself. You build a reputation by what others say about you. In a world where twitter followers and Facebook friends have become the measure of status, these deeper words are often set aside. It’s in living life that we influence others. Only when our words are reflected in action do they truly impact others in meaningful ways. And that’s how a reputation is built–by serving–not by self-promotion or clever quips. Jesus said elsewhere that the one who serves is the greatest among you.