Summary: People invest in all kind of things, some of them pay off & some of them don't! But one investment that will always bring a worthwhile return is the investment of a good name.
“The investment of a good name”
Intro: *** In today’s West Australian N/p carried a story about Australia’s most trusted person. Fiona Stanley has been rated as the most trusted person in Australia topping the list of 100 celebrity, sporting & public figures. Professor Fiona Stanley has been honoured by having W.A.’s newest hospital named after her. At # 3. Another Professor – Fiona Wood was named most trusted Australian of the year last year.
The article went on to say that PM Julia Gillard came in at # 97, down from # 78 last year followed by Tony Abbott who came in at # 98.
I got to thinking about the entire concept of trust.
How vital it is to our daily living & how it is b/co a rarer virtue in the days in which we are living.
But in a world that is b/co increasingly untrustworthy God calls us to be people that can be trusted.
The Bible has a quite a lot to say about this & this is going to be our focus tonight.
I want to preach a message called ‘The investment of a good name’.
Text: Proverbs 22:1 (NKJV) 1A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
# 1. The choice of reputation.
A. A reputation is a choice.
a. Think about how valuable a reputation is.
i. There is more that hangs on reputation than we would think ……. Consider this for a moment.
*** Think about these names: VW, Ford, KIA, Mercedes Benz, Daewoo, Honda, BMW, Hyundai.
Now if money was not a concern & all these vehicles were available to you all you had to do was make a choice, which one would you choose?
Why would you choose the vehicle you chose?
More than anything it’s b/c w/ everyone of those vehicle brand names there is also an accompanying reputation – right?
ii. Reputations mean something ……. What they mean more than anything else is that you can trust one product more than another.
iii. One product will be reliable, trustworthy & the other is going to either let you down or you aren’t going to get your money’s worth out of it.
iv. Anyone w/ any sense will choose a product w/ a reliable reputation & a good name …… b/c in so doing you are also choosing peace of mind!
b. Now the Bible tells us that a reputation is something that we choose.
i. Thankfully it’s not just something that is pinned on us at birth or when we go to school …..it’s something that we make a choice about.
ii. Look at our text tonight ….
Vs 1. 1A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,……
iii. All through life we are making a choice about the reputation we are going to carry through life w/ us.
B. Now let’s think about your name.
a. B/c cars, washing machines, computers & clothes & material goods are not the only things that have a reputation pinned on them – so does your name!
i. Your name has a reputation attached to it & that reputation has been established as a result of words / actions / decisions / behaviour & attitude.