Proverbs 22:1: “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, loving favor rather than silver or gold.”
Adolph Hitler. Joseph Stalin. Charles Manson. Saddam Hussein. What comes to your mind when you read or hear these names? Bad things come to your mind. Some of these men might have had power and/or riches, but they died with a bad name. They will never be able to change their bad reputation because it is a reflection of their true character.
Jesus Christ. Abraham Lincoln. Mahatma Gandhi. George Washington. What comes to your mind when you read or hear these names? Good things come to your mind. Some of these men might not have had power and/or riches, but they died with a good name. They will forever be remembered for their good reputation because it is a reflection of their true character.
Today I will conduct funeral services for a good man. He was kind, loving and giving. He was a hard-working family man who served his country. He was an amazing husband who had taken care of his sick wife for a number of years. He was a believer in Jesus Christ. He died at age 87 with a good name and reputation.
None of us are perfect; we will all make mistakes. The greatest award that we can achieve in life, however, is a good name. A good name will not enable us to go to heaven; only God’s grace and our faith in Jesus can accomplish that. But, most people who live for God end up with a good name and many people with a good name are followers of Jesus.
You can’t take silver and gold to the grave; you must leave it behind. Your reputation, though, will follow you forever.
Lord God, I want to live my life in a manner which will honor You. Help me Lord to develop a good character and leave this world with a good reputation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.