Book: Proverbs 22
“Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold.”
This proverb puts an extremely high value on a good reputation comparing it to being better than any precious metal. If you owned physical pieces of silver or gold you would want to take good care of it by making sure that it was safe and secure. You would not want it to get scratched or tarnished in any way. It is interesting to note that the purer the gold, the less likely it will tarnish. The better one’s reputation, the harder it is for false accusations to tarnish it.
Notice that this proverb starts off with the word “choose”. Each person has to make the choice to have a good reputation instead of focusing on gaining wealth without consideration of ethics or how it may hurt others. For a business person it means choosing to stay as far away as possible from shady practices and to keep near to God and His wisdom. For a student it means choosing to honor God in the way assignments and exams are completed. For an employee it means choosing to be honest with their time and work that they are being paid for.
Ultimately, having a good reputation before God is most important. This requires listening to Him, obeying Him, loving Him and relying on Him with one’s whole heart. It means going to Him when one sins, then repenting and receiving His good reputation of beloved son or daughter.
Do you value your “good reputation”? Since “a good reputation” is worth more than silver and gold what should you put in place to protect it. Take time to talk to God about these things.