The Summum Bonum of A Good Name

Text:    Proverbs 22:1
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.


I.  Introduction

1.  Invites everyone to think of the origin of how his or her name came to be.

a. who gave this name?
b. of all other names why is this?
c. what meaning does this name bear?

2.  Invites everyone to think what qualifies a good name.

a.  is there a vision embedded in it to be accomplished?

II.  Body

1.  A Good Name Bears impartiality

1)  Asserts the value of reputation (Proverbs 22)
Choose to have wise and honest dealings

The “Summum bonum” in life is a good name or the value of reputation

2)  Asserts social responsibility with social distinctions

Accepts social distinctions but each must be treated equally in the sight of God who created them equal (Proverbs 22)
It has no regard for outward appearance (James 2), nor it finds its way to Christian assembly.

3) Jesus displayed when he faced the Syro-Phoenician woman and healed her child. (Mark 7:24ff)

 2.  A Good Name Bears True Faith

1)  Faith is a deep personal relationship of trust in Christ in which the believer receives God’s grace
(James 2 )

2) Faith is a living relationship in which the believer is re-created and empowered to live the Christian life.
(James 2)

3) Faith is the inner side of action; works are the outward expression of faith (James 2)


III. Conclusion

Impartiality, honest dealings and a faith that is lived upon.  I personally believe that this is the “summum bonum” (the ultimate good) God placed in every name.

Everything in this world has its own name.  Every one of us possesses a name too. That name we have is the identity God has bestowed upon us.  God, therefore, expects us to protect and live up to that name for his own purposes.   Let us unite that we, named Christians make a sound that heals the world and may God be praised.  Amen

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8 thoughts on “The Summum Bonum of A Good Name”

  1. May I congratulate you on your persistence in writing this post. Any man who devotes that much time must of necessity make discoveries of great value to others.

    Thanks a lot for the helpful and informative post. Being a follower of Christ your post means a lot to me and the references to the word of GOD you have given is very helpful.

    Also the timing of this post is amazing because my wife and I are expecting a baby soon and I am praying to our lord for the child name. So I got great insights from your post and I will implement those while choosing the name for the baby.

    Thanks a lot for the insightful post!

    Your Brother In CHRIST,


    • I’m very happy Paul that this post, a sermon outline is timely for you. I hope you will find a name for your child that you and he/she will appropriate in his life.

      The Word of God is gives meaning to our life, our being and identity and that should be borne by our name.

  2. I agree with you, a name is very important, more important than any riches. This is because we are identified by our name. When we meet someone for the first time, the first thing most of us ask is “What’s your name?” 

    When we name our children, many of us will choose family members names, the names of people that we admire, or names of people that inspire us.

    When we think of someone, pray for someone, or remember something that someone did, we almost always think of that person’s name first.

    • You are absolutely right, Suzie and that’s the very reason why we want to protect our names because they speak of our identity, and our being and how we relate with other people, with other creatures and with our God.

  3. A good name is worth more than riches. Because a good name can give riches and more. The Holy Bible advices us to strive for a good name and not go after riches. One way to get a good name is seeking first God’s kingdom. “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things will be added unto you.”

    • I agree with you that a good name brings riches. Why? Because it is respected, admired, and trusted. Whatever name that be, it is the characteristic of the person that enriches the true meaning of his/her name. And yes, because a person seeks the will of God certainly his/her name will follow a good one.

  4. Hey,

    Thanks for expressing yourself through your belief in your higher power. I love how you talked about faith being the inner work of action. A lot of the time I think we overthink things instead of having faith in God. We overthink things and make a lot of decisions based in fear and we end up paying for them. I really like that quote and I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything like it. Thanks again,


    • Michael, I appreciate your idea about having faith in God.  It must be the prior one before action.  We should depend on God rather than depending on our capability.

      Would you follow up your comment and say something about a name, why is it so important that we should have it protected and lived upon as a good name?


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