I care a lot what people think of me, which is why this quote by Spurgeon hit home so much. When you care what people think, much of your pride can get tied up in having a good reputation.
How often do we find ourselves annoyed, angry or even crushed when we discover that somebody thinks badly of us? It reflects a lot about how we view ourselves.
First, we are all prone to believe that we are, on balance, good people (and we defy anyone to suggest otherwise.)
Second, we value so much what others think that we work hard at portraying an image of ourselves that is even better than what we know ourselves to be.
We are quite happy for people to think more highly of us than they ought, but are indignant if they think less of us.
Spurgeon flings aside our flimsy façade and dashes our misplaced pride. Someone thinks badly of you? Don’t be angry, they’ve got it wrong. You’re actually far worse.
Don’t we forget that this is such a key aspect of the Gospel? Yes we have incredible value, but our standards for measuring our own ‘goodness,’ aren’t even close to the mark. In fact, we fall so far short of the actual standard that it is only by a phenomenal act of grace that we have attained any righteousness at all.
Truly we are not as good as we, or as anyone, thinks. But Jesus is far better, and, praise God, he’s got us covered.