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- Proverbs 22 starts with, “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth. Favor is better than silver and gold.”
- What are we to desire after? Certainly not wealth. We’re to desire after God. What does that have to do with desiring a good name?
- We bear the name of Jesus. In Acts 9:15 God says how Paul was a chosen vessel to bear God’s name. We all want to be vessels of honor and bear the name of Jesus.
- We are called to be ambassadors for Christ, being His representatives to the world. We come to the world in Christ’s name, bearing not only His name, but also His image.
- We should desire to be that for the world. We should desire to be honoring representatives of Christ by bearing His name well.
- The rest of that verse is that favor is better than silver and gold. When you read the word “favor” in the Bible, it’s likely it’s a word also translated as grace. God’s favor, His gracious hand on our lives, giving us abounding gifts we don’t deserve, is much better than gold or silver.
- Think of Jesus’ exhortation to lay up treasures in heaven instead of on earth where it can be destroyed or stolen. The things of this world are fleeting. They are temporary. Only eternal things are eternal! The things of God, the things of the Spirit, they are the only things that are lasting and are of lasting value.
- As verse two points out, the rich and poor have a common bond: the Lord is the maker of them all. No one is to think highly of themselves for having anything on this earth. The Lord made each and placed them within their boundaries. As I’ve pointed out to my kids, they could have been born into one of the families we’ve visited living in a trash dump. They were not. What are you going to do with what you are given? To whom much has been given, much is required.
- You bear His name. Are you showing Him off?