A good reputation
A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1
A good name! it’s better than great riches! What does it mean, a good name? Is it a good strong name like Jones or Smith? Is it a family name like John Jr. or William the second? No, a good name is the name you have made for yourself. It’s your reputation. Your good name is the conduct you live your life by.
So what is your “good” name? What are you known for? When people speak of you do they use words like kind, generous, godly? Or do the words gossiper, stingy, or selfish come up? Whatever words people say about you good or bad, it can change over time. For instance, you could be a gossiper today, but if you decide from now on (and ask God for help) that you are going to speak kind words about others and not talk about other people’s business, (even if you do see it on FB) in just a short while other will begin to say better words about you. Your reputation will improve. Likewise, if you are kind and generous, but suddenly you begin to be afraid of losing or get offended, your reputation can change almost overnight. Especially if you fall into sinfulness. One devastating act of indiscretion can ruin your name in an instant.
The first church selected disciples to serve and the requirements were a good reputation and full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom. Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business; (Acts 6:3) This was not a quality needed for salvation, in fact, most come to salvation from a bad reputation. However, to be placed into a position of leadership your good reputation is necessary for the confidence to lead and for others to follow.
Today I want to encourage you to celebrate your good reputation. Choose to have it over great riches and favor. If you are in a place that your rep isn’t the greatest, begin today to take steps toward changing it. The best place to start is to surrender and submit to the plan of God on your life. By taking steps of faith in the things that God leads you to, you will become known and trusted by those around you. If you are not sure what to do next, follow the examples of integrity and wisdom in today’s Proverb. In it there are many insights that will lead you into a good reputation. When you listen to and obey God’s Word, you will never go wrong.
Today’s scripture reading: Proverbs 22