According to a survey by researcher George Barna, the first two thoughts most people have about Christians is:
- They attend a lot of meetings, and
- They are opposed to many things.
Is that tragic or what?! Rather, what we hope they would notice about us is our,
- Servanthood (John 13:34, 35; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 9:12, 13; Colossians. 4:5, 6; Job 27:3-5; Philippians 2:17; Isaiah 61:1, 2)
To be sure, non-believers are “taking a read” on us, “You… are [a] letter… known and read by everybody.” (2 Corinthians 3:2) And they are picking up our fragrance, “We are… the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” (2 Corinthians 2:15) The question is whether they are smelling a sweet scent or a stench.
Paul observed that it is only when we stop arguing and complaining about our situation in life that we will effectively “shine as lights,” and minister God’s Word to the lost among us. (Philippians 2:14-16). In our whining, pampered society, anyone who exhibits a positive, grateful mind-set will stop traffic!
So tell me, how do the folks in your office, your neighborhood, or at your athletic club view you?
As humble, compassionate, gracious, and honest? As one who is sacrificing his life for others?
Or as stiff and arbitrary? As a grumbler? As someone racing here and there, with Bible and notebook tucked under your arm as you attend (what they often view as) another “pious party”?
Hindu India mourned the death of Mother Teresa, a Catholic nun of a totally different religious persuasion. Her powerful demonstration of compassion for their “least” simply could not be ignored.
QUESTION: What will the lost people of your “world” do at the news of your death?