The pursuit of riches and power is a story as old as time itself. We all know the sordid tales of men like Bernie Madoff, Jeffrey Epstein, and Ken Lay (of Enron fame). At one time, each of them had fabulous wealth, graced the covers of magazines, and were the envy of many. But now that the truth is out, their legacy is one of scandals, lies, and worse.
A good name is more desirable than great
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Things to think about:
· Who else comes to mind as someone who for a time had the world by the tail only to be outed as a fraud?
· Money and power are strong magnets for our time and attention.
o At their core, they give the illusion of control. The more control we feel we have, the more we can feel like we oversee people, circumstances, even the future.
o Doesn't this sound a little bit like having godlike qualities?
· 1 Timothy 6:9-10
o Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
o Proverbs 10:7 - Good people will be remembered as a blessing,but evil people will soon be forgotten.
· Our text says there is something far greater to be aspired to, and that is a good name and the esteem of others.
o The shininess of gold and silver reflects back on us
o The reflection of a good name goes to our Father who has given us His wisdom and Spirit to live godly lives
o 1 Cor. 15:10 – “But by the grace of God I am what I am…”
· What steps can we take to get this good name?
o Proverbs 3:3-4 - Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
o Love and faithfulness, these are the keys
§ It says we should never let them leave us and to bind them around our neck and write them on the tablets of our hearts
§ It seems that these are things that must become a permanent part of who we are and that if not handled with diligent, daily care can be lost
o How do we make love and faithfulness indelibly etched into our lives?
§ Avoidance of sin
§ Devotion to the Word
§ Loving others as we love ourselves
· Naked we came into this world and naked we shall depart it. Our good name is our lasting legacy.