Throughout most of history, a person’s name was very important. In Biblical times, a person’s surname linked them to their genealogy and even their first names often described their circumstances. Although a name might not carry the same significance as in days of old, a person’s name still carries a lot of meaning today. What does your name bring to mind?
In the Bible, Solomon said, “A good name is better than a good ointment.” In the ancient world, they would often use very rare oils and sweet-smelling perfumes on special occasions – not every day, like we use perfume or after-shave today. Solomon wants us to understand that, even as precious and expensive as those items were, their value didn’t compare to a good name.
You can put on perfume or aftershave and you’ll smell good for a short time, but a good name is lasting. It stays with you wherever you go, in every setting in life.
What do people think when they hear your name? Is it good or bad? I have good news. When you put God first and follow His teaching, over time, identifying with His name will help you develop a good name, regardless of what your name is.