Tuesday, 6 June 2017

A good name

A good name is better than precious ointment, And the day of death than the day of one's birth; - Ecclesiastes 7.1

God puts a lot of importance in a good name. In the Proverbs we are told that having a good name is more important than great riches. Here we read that it is better than a precious ointment.

We have been reading a few times about how temporary all the present stuff we have really is. We can’t take it with us, but making a good name is something that will and does carry on. It is something we can leave behind that benefits us and our children and grandchildren forever.

We can leave a good name behind. I hope and I pray that by this stage of my life the name ‘Roger Parrow’ in generally considered a good name. I hope I have lived a life seeking to honour my Lord and serve others that people think positively when they hear my name.

A good name has a lot of practical advantages as well. A good name allows people to trust you and favour you and even be a help to you. A good name is backed by good character and even today people appreciate a man or woman of good character. We only get a good name by doing good.

But most of all, a good name allows us to honour the Lord and live a life that draws men to our Saviour. A good name for a believer reflects His good name in our lives. 

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