A Good Name

THEME

Image-Reflecting: People of integrity

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Proverbs 22:1

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

NOTES

Often when we use the word "name" we mean reputation. So, what kind of reputation do you want to have? A reputation of integrity or something that is less admirable? One meaning the dictionary gives for integrity is "incorruptability--strict adherence to a moral or artistic code." For followers of Jesus this means that by adhering to God's code, God's guide for holy and grateful living (the Ten Commandments and other instructions in the New Testament), followers of Jesus are able to live with integrity. Another meaning for integrity is "completeness." People who have integrity have a completeness that keeps them from chasing after things that would compromise their reputation. They are complete in Jesus, they have all they need or want. Thus they are incorruptible.

People of integrity are in short supply today. Introducing our children to the concept of integrity, modelling integrity in our work and personal lives, pointing out people of integrity as role models or heroes, and helping our children learn how to be people of integrity even at a young age will provide them with a standard for living that will serve them well throughout their lives.


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What is the name of the game show Liz and Lucille competed in?
A. Gut Check

Q. Why did Liz decide to change his name to Lizzer?
A. Because the show host thought that Liz and Lucille were a team of two girls, and because the other contestants were teasing him about his name.

Q. What is Liz’s full name?
A. Lizarardo Quintus Lacerta

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Q.
Why does God want us to have a good name/reputation?
A.
Integrity is good for us. It helps us walk securely (Proverbs 10: 9), gives us a guide for living (Proverbs 11: 3), and guards us with righteousness (Proverbs 13 :6). Integrity makes us more like Jesus, who was known even to his enemies as a "man of integrity" (Matthew 22:16). And, integrity protects the reputation of God, whose name we are known by when we call ourselves Christians (Matthew 5: 16). Integrity has everything to do with our witness. Holy lives are lives of integrity, lives that show our identity as children of God. (See also Ephesians 5: 3, 1 Peter 1: 13-16.) This isn't something God expects us to do on our own. He gives us his Holy Spirit who gives us the power to live holy lives (Romans 8: 9-17).

SO WHAT?

What kind of name do you have? A good name? Is there anything you need to change in your life that would give you a better reputation? Talk it over with your parents and make a plan for what you can do to improve your good name.
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