Reputation > Riches
Topic: Sunday Message
The word "better” appears in Scripture well over 100 times and most of what’s labelled as “better” has to do with the choices we make that can determine the direction for our lives.
So this series is about seeing what God says is “better” for us along with His wisdom when we come to those “forks in the road” in life where we can go one way or the other.
Our Choices Matter Because...
The sum of our decisions shapes the course of our destiny.
Proverbs 22:1 NIV
1 A good name is more desirable than great riches;to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Reputation > Riches
Some times when we read the Bible, we’re challenged with the question: “What does this mean?” But then there are other times when we know what it says, but we’re not sure if we really want to do it or if we’re actually able to do it. That's the dynamic going on with this passage in Proverbs. In other words, we KNOW the better choice; the challenge is: will we MAKE the better choice?
1 Timothy 6:9-10 NIV
9 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. 10 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.
Three False Promises of Riches
- SECURITY ("I am safe")
- SIGNIFICANCE ("I am important")
- SATISFACTION ("I am happy")
Some of us want more money because we think it’ll take away our worry and make us feel safer. Others look to money to boost our low self-esteem and make us more important. Still others believe it’ll get rid of our sadness and make us happier. But in the long run, money can never live up to these promises.
1 Timothy 6:17 NIV
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Image vs. Reputation
- We craft an image by what we project.
- We earn a reputation by how we live.
We should care about our reputation but not obsess over our image. An image is something we try to control, but a reputation is something that’s beyond our control. An image is often phony and disconnected from reality, while a reputation is built by living authentically and the choices of integrity that we make over time.
A Good Reputation Invites Trust and Builds Meaningful Relationships
A Good Reputation Glorifies Our God and Advances His Gospel.
1 Peter 2:12 NIV
12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
God Uses All of Us
Whether you’re a mechanic, a teacher, an accountant, a small business owner, a line worker, a lawn care professional, a day care helper, or a white collar executive, God is using you right where He has you to make a difference for His Kingdom. Every time that you choose reputation over riches and a good name over dishonest gain, the glory of our God shines even brighter and the hope of His Gospel advances even further.