Jarrod Jacobs: A Good Name
Solomon declares that “a good name is better than precious ointment” (Ecc. 7:1). He wrote identical words in Proverbs 22:1. What makes a good “name” so important? Why would we want a good “name”?
First, understand that a good “name” means a good reputation. Ask yourself: “What do people see when they see me?” Be honest! Do people see a hypocrite or a genuine person? Do people see someone trying to serve God or self? Our actions indeed speak louder than our words! We are known by what we do (Prov. 20:11; Matt. 7:16).
What are you doing? Do your actions match your speech (Rom. 2:21-24)? Many seem not to care about their name or reputation, and yet, Solomon points out that there is something valuable in it (Ecc. 7:1; Prov. 22:1). What are we doing to preserve and grow the good name we have as citizens in our community? People need to know that we are honest, trustworthy, and kind people. Do folks know this about us? Men like Cornelius (Acts 10) and others stand out in my mind as having a good reputation among men, and this reputation has lasted through the years. Abel had a good reputation, and by it, “he being dead, yet speaketh” (Heb. 11:4).
The best reputation we can have, however, is when we accept the name of Christ (Mk. 16:16; Acts 11:26). “There is none other name under heaven, given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Though He was unjustly taken and killed, all recognized Christ died innocent of any crime and free from all sin (Matt. 27:19; Lk. 23:4, 14; Jn. 18:38, 19:4, 6; I Pet. 2:22). He invites those who have sinned and marred their reputations to accept His good name and be free from sin, with the ability to start over (II Cor. 5:17). We put to death the old man of sin and rise a new man, ready to do the Lord’s will (Rom. 6:3-6). Then we can have a new life. This is such a radical change that our Lord compares it to a birth (Jn. 3:3, 5)! I understand that this “good name” (Christ’s name/reputation) is better than precious ointment, riches, or anything that this world has to offer (Prov. 22:1; Ecc. 7:1). It is for this reason that all I say and do is done “in the name of” (in connection with the reputation of) Christ (Col. 3:17)! I strive daily to do nothing that would mar Christ’s reputation that He has offered to me.
Would you like a good reputation? Do you realize that the only way this is possible is to start over? In Christ, you can have that! If you believe that Jesus is the Son of God (Jn. 8:24), and are willing to repent of your sins (Lk. 13:3). If you will confess your faith in Christ (Rom. 10:10) and then be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38), you can be saved (Mk. 16:16)! You can have a new start and a new name (II Cor. 5:17; Acts 11:26), which means a new reputation and a new beginning.
Start over today and see the blessings that come when we do things the Lord’s way. Become a Christian and know that this wonderful reputation is worth preserving, protecting, and promoting through the rest of your life! This “good name” is the best name! Become a Christian today.
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