William Shakespeare noted, “The purest treasure moral times afford, is spotless reputation; that away, men are but gilded loam, or painted clay.” A reputation is something we develop as we grow into adulthood and lead our lives. It takes time and effort and can be broken in an instant by one careless act. Perhaps that is why a good name is so precious and valuable. Proverbs 22:1 tell us it is more valuable than great riches.
A spotless reputation is an indicator of strong and good character. Any person who has developed a good name and thus good character can handle riches. The one who is bereft of good character will let riches slip through his hands like water. Another scripture that supports the value of a good name is Ecclesiastes 7:1. The name is better than precious ointment. The first gentile to be converted was a man of good reputation (Acts 10:22). Although he was a centurion in the Roman army, he had earned the respect of the Jews around him. Guard your name well.