“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.” -Proverbs 22:1
“It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation, but you can lose it in a minute.” Have you ever heard that saying? If you’ve ever experienced it or seen it happen to someone else, you can relate!
I’ve been thinking and taking notes about different reputations in the Bible, and it’s been interesting for me to see the variety of reputations there are! As followers of Christ, we represent Him, and because of this, we are called to walk worthy of our calling (Ephesians 4:1). Our reputation needs to reflect Christ…we need to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
- Philippians 4:1-3. Euodia and Syntyche…forever in God’s Word as an example of two believers who were quarreling. How embarrassing it must’ve been to be in one of Paul’s letters! That situation must have not been very good. This is (obviously!) an example of a bad reputation.
- Acts 4:36. Barnabas was a fellow-laborer with Paul, and in this verse he is referred to as “the son of encouragement.” How cool! This guy was known for being an uplifter.
- Acts 13:22. David is known as many things…the great warrior king of Israel, one of Jesus’ ancestors (as prophesied that Jesus would come from Judah), and even as someone who made terrible mistakes. But yet, David is called a man after God’s own heart. I can’t think of a better compliment that could be paid! What an example to us- that even though we will fall and sin, God’s grace is there if we receive it and repent of what we’ve done. David was very “real” in his emotions as expressed in the Psalms. And despite all of his errors, he is called a man after God’s own heart! What a reputation.
- Acts 9:36. Have you ever heard of Dorcas? Odd name, I know…but this woman was raised to life after she had died. But what stuck out to me as I read this passage was that she was known for her “good and charitable deeds which she did.” It even says that when Peter arrived where her body was, the widows stood around him to show him all of the garments Dorcas had made for them. She had loved others with God’s love, and as a result, she had a good name.
- 2 Kings 9:20. This might perhaps be my favorite out of the whole bunch…I’ll put the whole verse in here so you can see why:
“So the watchman reported, saying, “He went up to them and is not coming back; and the driving is like the driving of Jehu the son of Nimshi, for he drives furiously!”
Jehu obviously had a reputation for being a wild chariot driver! As funny as it sounds, isn’t it amazing that this is forever in the Word of God? He will forever be known by this reputation.
All this has got me thinking…what’s my reputation? If I knew something about me was going to be written in the Bible for millions of people to read, how would I act differently? It’s a great question to ponder!
So, think about that! And next time someone says you are a bad driver, tell them there’s a bad driver in the Bible, and he sounds a lot worse than you’ll ever be…point them to Jehu!