“Therefore be careful to observe them; for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples who will hear all these statutes, and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.'”
Moses is telling the Israelites to observe God’s commandments carefully, so that other people and other nations would see that God’s followers have wisdom and understanding. Moses wanted his people to understand that obedience to God’s Word would earn them a good reputation, and that other people would learn about the one true God through Israel’s testimony.
Folks, the same principle applies today. When we obey God’s Word, we earn good reputations and we become living testimonies for God. Obedient believers are trustworthy, reliable and admirable people. Obedient believers work hard at their jobs and love their families. Obedient believers stay out of trouble and are content with their lives. People who do not yet know God notice these things.
Always remember that your reputation is a significant part of your testimony. And being obedient to God’s Word is the best possible way to build a good reputation.