1 Timothy 4:12
“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
Building credibility is like building your credit score; it won’t happen immediately, but the effort taken to build is rewarding. Your credibility is your believability, and your believability impacts your ability to influence others in both the spiritual and business world. If you have no credibility, you will never be able to get people to believe you enough to follow you in whatever area you pursue. Moreover, if you lose your credibility, it will take time and effort to rebuild it.
God commands in the verse above, “Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example…” One thing a youth desires is the credibility that it takes for people to follow them. However, you can’t demand people to follow you even if you have position, you have to earn credibility with others before they will follow you.
Moreover, you are a youth in whatever area you take over. When you first take a position in the church or business arena, even though you may have age under your belt, you are still a youth in that position. It is vitally important that you build your credibility. You may have inherited credibility because your last name, but your parent’s credibility will only go so far; eventually, you will be judged by what you do. The verse above gives what it takes to build your credibility.
First, you build your credibility by your word. What you say and how you follow through on what you say affects whether people can trust you. Be careful that you do what you say you will do. You will have no credibility if people can’t trust your word. Don’t say something if you are not going to do it.
Second, you build your credibility through accomplishment. Your conversation is how you live, and if what you do doesn’t build anything, you will lose your credibility. Building something is what gives you the credibility that you know what you are doing. Don’t be so filled with pride that you won’t listen to others who want to help you because their suggestions just may help you build the credibility needed to build a greater work.
Third, you build your credibility through charity. Charity is an action, not a feeling. Charity is investing in others who have no ability to give you anything in return; however, the returns of investing in lives are bountiful. The more you invest your life in others, the greater your credibility becomes. Love people where they are and help them to better their lives, and you will find yourself building your credibility.
Fourth, you build your credibility with your spirit. Your ability to get along with others builds your credibility. Being a jerk has never built credibility, but having a good disposition towards others all the time always helps to build credibility.
Fifth, you build your credibility with faith. Faith is the greatest credibility builder because your trust in God rewards you with miraculous results. If you need to build your credibility, you would be wise to trust God and step out by faith to build something greater than you. God always rewards the individual who steps out by faith.
Sixth, you build your credibility with purity. The greatest way to lose your credibility is through immorality. Live a pure life, and you will never wane for credibility.