In Ecclesiastes 7 we find verse after verse of “practical” wisdom. Then as we move into chapter 8 we learn about obeying authorities and wisdom around death for those who know God and for those who deny Him. Chapter 11 teaches us about the value of being diligent and the joy of following the Lord when we are young. As we close out Chapter 12 we are told to fear God and keep His commandments.
There is so much wisdom in these 6 chapters of Ecclesiastes. What I love is that as we read, we discover what happens if we are following God as well as the consequences of continuing down the wrong path.
Today I want us to focus on Ecclesiastes 7:1 “A good name is better than precious ointment…”
It is really important as Christian’s that we maintain a “good name” as a representation of Christ. Perhaps you know someone who claim the name of Christ and then talk about how the universe provides…or what about those who claim the name of Christ and then run around belittling others or being plain ole nasty to people…only to find themselves sweet as pie in church on Sunday? This causes confusion to those watching us.
A great way to test “what is in your name” is to ask on your social media, what one word would you use to describe me? This is a powerful exercise to see how you are reflecting Christ to others and what name comes with you. I dare you to try it and see what those watching you and engaging with you have to say.
We are not perfect, we all sin, however we need to be aware of our actions and words as Christian’s representing Christ. Dear friends let’s take the time today to reflect on the name we have…is it a “good name?”
“A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.”
Tomorrow’s Delight: 1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chronicles
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