"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold"
An ex-convict or an athlete who failed a dope test, has a stigma attached to his or her name. A Good name is golden and opens doors everywhere. A godly reputation is more important than earthly riches. it is better than a precious opens ointment. Bill Gaither once said: "I would rather be a Christian, He meant to be called, little Christ. Good names command goodwill, good impressions and respect from others. Compare the names: Mary and Jezebel or Simon Peter and Judas Iscariot. it does not take seconds to know which one you like better. A good name is associated with good deeds, good character or holy conduct..
Today's text tells us that we should prefer a good name to great riches. This explains why names like Absalom, Achan, Cain and Jezebel are hard to find in the contemporary world. People abhor them; parents consider them as abomination. Christians delight in names such as: Abraham, Isaac, David, Ruth, Mary and Esther. Repentance for sin and accepting Christ can however, change a sinner to a saint. An example is Rehab, the harlot.
CHALLENGE: Many sinner youths have repented and are now saints.