What’s In A Name?

Pro.22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”
Ecc.7:1  “A good name is better than precious ointment.”
        Your name, for the most part, is given to you. Most times, you don’t get to pick your name. Your name generally is chosen by who you are associated with, or what you do and how you act, maybe even your nature. The folks down at the auto parts house call me Tex because of my accent. The fellas at my old job used to call me preacher because I didn’t cuss or drink or hang around when they were telling off-color jokes. Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” When I consider these verses together I think about what a good name the Lord has and how I would like to be associated or even named with him. How can this happen? I’m glad you asked. It involves your conversation. James 3:13, “Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.” Your conversation here not only involves what you say but how you say it. It doesn’t stop there, it also involves your testimony, your attitude, your reaction to trying times, and how you treat people and how you allow people to influence you. Try starting your week off with conversations that involve how God worked in your church on Sunday. Try keeping away from the folks who talk about people or at least lead the conversation away from those topics. The verse doesn’t say that the Lord is a strong tower, but that the name of the Lord is a strong tower. Use the name of Jesus in the correct way and there is safety there. People talk different around me because I say things like “praise the Lord” and “God is good”. That not only helps me but influences those around me to act differently. You can earn a good name, but it will be done on purpose if you do. Have a good reputation. Be the name that you want to be known by. 

Tim Tullos | YP
Patuxent Baptist Church
Great Mills, MD