"Sometimes the implications of listening to the voice of God is that we ruin our reputation in the public square. Loving God, as the Jesus Creed teaches, involves surrendering ourselves to God in heart, soul, mind, strength--and reputation. The minute we turn exclusively to the Lord to find our true identity is the day reputation dies."
- Jesus Creed, p. 79.
What's the distinction he's making between identity and reputation you ask (or may have already figured out)?
"Our reputation (what others think of us) is not as important as our identity (who we really are). Spiritual formation begins when we untangle reputation and identity, and when what God thinks of us is more important than what we think of ourselves, or what others think of us."
- Jesus Creed, p. 76.
Now that's a quotable quote; it's also something the Lord has been (and still is) dealing with me on a number of levels in recent days.