Proverbs 22:1 A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.Introductory Thoughts
In scripture, a man’s name frequently refers to his reputation. The wise man values a good name far above the accumulated wealth of the entire world. Its value is priceless. A good name is what others think of a man resulting from his conduct. Unfortunately, many people throughout history have willingly sabotaged their good name in order to get gain and earthly pleasure. Yet, those who truly believe and trust the word of God know that “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.” With this in mind, the believer should reflect upon the long-term effects every decision brings upon his reputation. Reaping immediate gratification takes a back seat to the prolonged benefits of having a good name among other believers, the unsaved, and especially the Lord.
• (For children): Mary of Bethany had a reputation of loving the Lord (Luke 10:38-42; John 12:1-8; Mark 14:9). Timothy had a good name among his fellow Christians (Acts 16:1-2; Philippians 2:19-22). What is your reputation?
• (For everyone): Have you ever heard old-timers talk about a business or individual having “a good name”? What did they mean when they paid this compliment?
• What is your reputation among family, or friends, or brothers and sisters in Christ, or the lost? How has that reputation come to be what it is?
• Ask God to show you the value of a good name.
• Ask the Lord to give you wisdom in protecting your name.
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