(L to R): Jason Wilson, Mike Stemm, Mark Waltz & Nancy Tucker
"All you Christians, missionaries and all, must live more like Jesus Christ." - Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhi : Portrayal of a Friend, Abingdon Classics, E. Stanley Jones
First impressions last.
There's no doubt about it.
Even if we can't remember the songs we sang last weekend (or the sermon we heard), we can't seem to forget how we were welcomed or how our children (or grandchildren) were treated.
It's easier to make a bad impression than a good one.
Folks can do nothing, care about nothing and think nothing of others ... and easily make a bad impression. A good impression is not so easy. It requires compassion and authentic concern for others. A good impression, that makes a lasting impression, takes a bit of effort.
GOD moved and acted because people matter; the question is, "Do people matter enough to move us to action?"
I wonder what would happen if each of us accepted responsibility for the impressions Christ's-followers make? What if all of us, missionaries and all, lived more like Jesus Christ? Would there then be more of us helping people take their next steps toward Christ?
I think so. I really do.
2 Corinthians 3:18 - We can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like him.