A reputation must be earned over months and years. It cannot be purchased with all the money in the world. Rich and poor alike, we are each only given one brief life by our Creator. We can choose to live a life that honors Him. We can choose to trust in the Lord each day and let Him produce humility and godliness in our soul. Who we are really becoming on the inside will eventually begin to show up in our many words and choices over time. If we keep choosing the path of life, we will earn a good name as a true follower of Christ. If we ignore the way of wisdom, we will continually walk into the pitfalls of sin. Through our bad choices, we will ruin our souls a little more each day. We are each slowly becoming someone. We are either becoming more holy and kind and loving like Jesus, or more selfish and proud and evil like Satan.
What kind of name are you earning right now? By trusting in Jesus Christ each day, you can continue to become the person God wants you to be. Then others will see God’s work in you, and you can testify with both your words and your name to the goodness of your Lord and Savior.
The Text (Proverbs 22:1-5)
1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
2 The rich and the poor have this in common,
The Lord is the maker of them all.
3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
But the simple pass on and are punished.
4 By humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches and honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards his soul will be far from them.
Questions to Think About
- Do you know your spiritual reputation? Do people think of you as someone who walks with Jesus? Why or why not?
- If you do not have a good name right now, what changes do you need to make this summer to start becoming more like Jesus and change your reputation at NRCA?