By Association

“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”Proverbs 22:1 (NIV)

You probably won’t be too surprised to know that the most common guy’s name in America is James, and the most common girl’s name is Mary.  And in case you were wondering, the most common last name in America is Smith.

Some people try to make a common name unique by changing the spelling.  Others don’t want to be so common so they choose to be called by a nickname rather than by their given name.

This is NOT what today’s passage of scripture is all about.  As God speaks to us through this proverb, He is encouraging us to think about the connection between your reputation and your name.  Your reputation is what you are known to be. You might be known for positive things such as being a helper, for imparting wisdom or for your kind spirit.  You also might be known for negative things such as being stingy, being cutting with your words, or for your anger.

The greatest thing that can be associated with our name is that we know Christ and that our actions and attitudes are Christ like.  When people see Jesus Christ in our lives, it is worth more than any amount of money, because a life that reflects Christ can’t be purchased at any price.

Talk to the Lord today about what your name is known for.  If you are known for things that are not Christlike, ask the Lord to forgive you and change you to reflect His nature.  This is what God hopes will happen for each and every one of his children…

“As all of us reflect the Lord’s glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into his image with ever-increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”2 Corinthians 3:18 (GW)

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