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OPINION; Dear Christian, A good name is far better than great riches.

Amassing wealth, fame, popularity, affluence and riches without considering public image and perception of one's self has always been a characteristic of ungodly persons. Some persons go to the extent of oppressing others and taking what belongs to the public or other persons, just for their gains and upliftment.

But one the fact that is saddening, is the fact that this act is now being seen amid God's people. You hear of so-called Christians who say it doesn't matter how anyone views you, all that matters is that you are happy and you are reaching your goals.

This is a wrong notion, how can you not care what others think of you? even though it is imperative that not everyone will be appreciative of everything you do, we as Christians should know that having a positive and good reputation will go a long way In becoming virtuous examples for those look up to us or meet us daily for one venture or the order. Remember that your life is a book that the people in the world read on a daily basis.

The Bible also speaks on this issue, in proverbs 22:1, which says "A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold" and in Ecclesiastes 7:1, "A good name is better than fine perfume and the day of death better than the day of birth"

God knows that it is important for His children to maintain a good image before others without pretentions or hypocrisy, and not just living out a questionable life while professing to be saved.

We should not emulate the people of the world who use bad images to catapult themselves to success neither should we listen to some preachers who now teach their members to use bad reputations to gain popularity.

This is an end-time message, how can a preacher tell his members to forfeit seeking a good reputation in their pursuit of wealth and just do whatever they can to accumulate money. He is indirectly telling his members to engage in illicit business not caring about what people thought of them to make money. What will it profit these members to gain the whole world and end up in eternal damnation?

Here are five reasons why children of God should not venture into evil deeds just to amass wealth.

1. Riches is temporal; the Bible says there's a time for everything, in Ecclesiastes 3:6, which says, " A time to get (amass wealth) and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away". This shows that riches in it self is temporal but your reputation matters, to God and also to those around you.

If we have bad reputations, our gospel message will be tainted as well. Dishonesty, gossip, and hypocrisy damage our testimonies and do not reflect the character of Jesus.

Your good name is a tool or instrument God can use to bring others to his kingdom, a good character should be sought after by true children of God who wants to make heaven.

2. God wants his children to have success;

In Joshua chapter 1 vs 8, God categorically said he wants Joshua to have success, which means he knows that there are successes gotten in bad and crooked ways, wealth amassed in malicious and evil ways, but his desire are for us to get success in the right way without compromising our faith.

3. We are the salt of this world; the bible says we are the salt and light of the world, which means that outlives are being watched by others, how then can we win people to God with a bad reputation.

Would you expect people to believe the gospel from the mouth of well known unrepentant sinners ie an unsaved armed robber or harlot?

So a bad reputation will make you lose the right to be the salt and light of the world.

4. God hates compromise; do you know as a child of God you don't have to engage in illicit activities to become wealthy, neither do you have to soil your image just to become rich.

If the people of the world do the unthinkable to amass wealth, are we to follow in the same path?, can't God give us wisdom as His children to get wealth in the right way?

We should know that God hates compromise. Christians are not to start behaving like the world just because of monetary gains, which will perish in this world.

5. God is the giver of true wealth; Deuteronomy 8:18 says "But you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who is giving you the power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day"

So as true Christians we shouldn't pursue wealth like people of the world, who don't care how and by what means they get riches. We should instead maintain a good reputation and ask God for the grace not to taint our image in all our daily endeavours to make money.

Truly a good name is far better than riches and wealth got from building nasty reputations of yourself.

Don't sacrifice you legacies, integrity just for financial or material gains.

Stay blessed

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