Read Proverbs 22:1-29
“A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.”
We lived for years in the land of Adolf Hitler. The atrocities committed as a result of this man’s leadership impacted more than six million people. This man’s reputation is so widespread that the mere mention of his name causes people to shudder. In fact, because of its associations, “Adolf” is now a name seldom given.
Most of us have names with their own legacy of people, both famous and infamous, who have borne them. You may associate my name, “Steve,” with the likes of computer genius Steve Jobs or perhaps with the first Christ martyr, Stephen. Those connections, however, may be misleading. For one, my computer know-how doesn’t reach much farther than being able to turn mine on and off. And in the case of the other Stephen . . . though I am a Christ-follower too, I am still very much alive.
Of course, the author of Proverbs 22:1 had much more in mind than the name a parent chooses for a child or the actions of others who have carried a name. He is more concerned about personal reputation. Having a good reputation as a man or woman of integrity is our goal. Living up to the good name we have been given is our aim.
Jesus had many names. And He lived up to all of them. Over the next several weeks, as we approach Christmas Day, we will look at some of Jesus’ names and examine their meanings and how He fulfills them. As you learn and grow more with the Christ of Christmas, may you celebrate His birth more fully this season.