“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.”
Proverbs 22 : 1
Christians are called to be the official representatives of God in their work. They are to witness the love of Christ in a very unloving world. When they live with integrity, honesty, humility and kindness, they can point others to the goodness of God and His ways. People are more likely to listen to their message of faith when their actions align with their words.
Dwight L. Moody was a prominent evangelist in the 19th century who played a significant role in shaping American Christianity. He was known for his innovative evangelism methods, including his use of music and his ability to connect with people from all walks of lives. His good name and reputation were the reflection of the character of God on personal salvation, practical Christianity, and dedication to spreading the Gospel. His famous quote: “If I take care of my character, my reputation will take care of me.”
Many today make the fatal mistake of pursuing riches, fame, and power at all cost – even at the expense of maintaining a good name.
A “Good name” means you are known for your integrity, honesty, humility and trustworthiness, apart from other things.
Today’s Scripture is a timely reminder for us to choose a good name and reputation rather than focusing on material wealth, possessions or success. A good name and reputation are valuable assets in living a God-honoring life that can influence our relationships, career opportunities, and overall success in life.
Let us strive to build a positive reputation through our actions and words.
Rev. Timothy Ewing-Chow