The Importance of a Good Name

There are people you have never seen or met—yet just their name gives you an opinion of them. For example, when you hear the name George Washington, you think of a man who sacrificed greatly to help form the United States of America; but when you hear the name Adolph Hitler, a very different picture comes to mind.

Proverbs 22:1 tells us the value of a good name: “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”

A Christian should endeavor to have a good name because it reflects on Christ. We are called by His name, so we should make sure that we live blamelessly and refrain from conduct that would besmirch the name of Christ.

Here are some thoughts about a good name

1. Everyone is identified with their name:

  • Adam—earth
  • Moses—drawn out
  • Noah—peace
  • Peter—rock

2. When your name is mentioned, people immediately think of something.

3. We make our name good or bad. It is our decision. Few names remain neutral.

4. A bad name can be changed to good:

  • Saul to Paul (Acts 9)
  • Woman at the well to soulwinner of a city (John 4)
  • Maniac to Christian (Mark 5)
  • Cursing Peter to preaching Peter (Matthew 26; Acts 2)

5. A good name can be lost in one action:

  • Saul (1 Samuel 15)
  • Elijah running from Jezebel (1 Kings 19)
  • Achan (Joshua 7)

6. There are things you can do to get and keep a good name:

  • Associate with those who have a good name (2 Corinthians 6:14–17).
  • Live a sanctified life
  • Be faithful to God’s house.
  • Work hard and be reliable.
  • Keep your word.
  • Think of others.
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