You don't have to be a big man; you can be a pauper that lives in a attic and have a reputation far better than a potentate. Absolutely. You don't have to be rich; you can just have a reputation. It declare your reputation. What you are makes you what you are; it gives you your reputation. And you're known by your reputation.
No matter what church you belong to, God expects you to respect Him. And He wants you to serve Him in righteousness. If we fail to take them the Gospel, then God will judge them according to the knowledge that they had and how respectable they was to it.