We are being carefully watched, whether we accept it or not. People are taking note of how we interact in public, how we communicate (by phone, e-mail, and in writing), and how we present ourselves in cyberspace (pictures, websites, etc). Our cell phone ringtones will also expose us, for good or for bad. All of these elements will contribute to whether someone sees our ministry as authentic or not. We are not to put on a show when people are watching. If we lead lives that are full of the love and fear of God, then men will know our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.
It is not glory to produce images on business cards, websites, social networking sites, etc., that compromise our Christian testimony. If we minister in dance by day and promote nightclubs by night, this will breach our authenticity. If we have wonderful dance ministry images online, and bikini photos in another online photo album, others may see this and label us a "Certified Hypocrite." When what we are doing does not glorify God, then we are not obeying His Word.
Who do those that are closest to us say that we are? When we uphold the righteous standard, there will be those who will offer criticism. Overall, we will be able to keep a good name in ministry and move with liberty if we obey the Lord God concerning how He wants us to represent Him. Let us choose to walk in the Light.
Matthew 5:16 (NKJV)
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 6:1 (NKJV)
[Do Good to Please God] “Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Luke 16:15 (NKJV)
And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Colossians 3:23 (NKJV)
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men