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Having A Good Name

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1 (NKJV)

There aren’t too many things we have control of in this world, but one of them is the choices we will make.  We have been told many times in life to “choose wisely” because each choice brings about a whole new set of circumstances, consequences, and even additional choices. 

Some choices aren’t all that important, while others can greatly impact our life, as well as those around us.  When we make poor choices we can also lose our credibility and witness for Jesus.  It may no longer matter if we know the Bible inside and out and have great advice to give, because others have been witnesses to our lives, our attitudes, and our choices, and may have decided they would rather not believe or even listen to what we have to say — in short, we’ve lost our platform.

Q:  Does this mean it should be our focus and priority to please others?

No, it should not be our priority to please others before pleasing God. In fact we can get totally off course when we attempt to become people pleasers rather than God pleasers, because we will eventually compromise in making the right choice in an attempt to stay in the grace and friendship of people.  When we find ourselves attempting to please others before God it is sin, and if our sinful actions are left unrepented, it will leave us spiritually bankrupt when it comes to the worth of our name and reputation, and break our fellowship with God.

But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 (NKJV)

If we are abiding in God’s will, then our actions done in love will reflect it, as our character will reflect God’s desires and values.  Perhaps we should look at our lives through the lense of these questions. 

· What do others think of when they hear my name mentioned?

· Does my life reflect God and His goodness? 

· Does my nature reflect His nature? 

· Does my character reflect His character? 

· Does my name have a reputation behind it providing testimony of my love for Him? 

I want to encourage you today — take each thought captive before you act.  If it doesn’t edify, honor or bring glory to God then don’t  do it. You have been given a chance to impact others for the Kingdom of God in everything you do. Choose wisely.

STUDY QUESTION: What does Proverbs 22:1 tell us about the value of a good reputation and name?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there someone who you should call and apologize to for your actions, or for saying something you shouldn’t have said?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask God to show you the people you need to ask forgiveness of.  Don’t let pride hold you back, simply call and let them know that you are sorry for your actions.  Let them know that God laid it upon your heart to call and talk to them.  It will close one door, and open another for sharing Christ.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your leading me by Your Holy Spirit. Help me to seek those whom I have hurt or offended so I can ask for forgiveness.  Empower me to be what You have called me to be this day Lord.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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