Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, favor is better than silver and gold.”
Do we believe that? Have we organized our life (and lifestyle) based on that piece of wisdom from God? We know it’s true, but it’s not that easy to live out. Just about everything in the world and all of our fallen nature tries to pull us in the direction of great wealth, silver, and gold. We seem to think that earthly wealth will give us the significance and the security we crave. Our deeper problem is that we conflate the two and equate great wealth, silver, and gold with a good name.
A good name is better because it can be developed and maintained whether riches are present or not.
May the Lord give us the eyes to see that a good name (good character – character that reflects His) is far better than riches. We’re so easily distracted by that which is shiny and new.