The Bible speaks to the high value of your good name in Proverbs 22:1 when it declares: “A good name is more desirable than great riches.”
Your good name is what others remember about you. It is your reputation – the summary of your previous decisions and actions. Few career investments are more important than making a good name for yourself in your chosen career field.
The phrase “A good name is more desirable than great riches” here in the NIV is translated, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches” in the NKJV.
God gives you the freedom to choose to have a good name or not – it’s up to you. When situations arise will you go the way of expediency, or will you choose what is right and ethical while building for the future? Proverbs 22:1 is telling you to always choose the latter.
Money and influence are fleeting but a good name will span a lifetime.
Proverbs 23:5 says, “Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” Proverbs 3:3-4 says, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you … Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.”
What could be better for your long-term career than enjoying the “favor and a good name in the sight of God and man?” People with a good name do well in life. They are respected, sought after, and influential – they get promoted and they lead others.
Solomon shares his wisdom about a good name in Ecclesiastes 7:1 when he says “A good name is better than fine perfume.” Both are valuable, pleasing, and attractive to others; but even the finest perfume fades within the day while your good name will last through all the seasons of your life.