We Only Get One
‘So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.’ 1 Corinthians 10:31-33
We only get one shot at a first impression. That understanding is one of the reasons we can be nervous going into a new situation – new job, new school, meeting the “in-laws” for the first time, etc. Maybe you can think of a time that you were just a little anxious about something new only to reflect later at what was a very positive experience.
As we begin getting to know each other, there will be lots of first impressions. How will worship services go? – OR – What will consistory or committee meetings be like with the new pastor? These are legitimate curiosities. While Faith Church is asking them about me and our family, we are asking the same kind of questions about Faith Church. What are we expected to do in this situation or that situation? Can we meet the expectations (or is it even a good idea)?
We all know that first impressions are not always accurate nor are they always off the mark. They are just what the words say – first – impression. Not first fact, not first misunderstanding or first error – first impression. I think the Apostle Paul understood this concept and what it has to do with faith. A lot of Paul’s letters touched on this in one way or another. Corinthians, Thessalonians and Galatians all have something to add here.
First impressions, latest impressions, lasting impressions – all of them say something about our faith and our relationship with God. When someone meets a “Faith Churchian” they form an opinion. We can’t control their opinion of us but we can take responsibility for our words, actions and intentions. The verse above helps us understand how important it is to do what brings glory to God and extend God’s goodness to people.
We are all given the opportunity to honor God with our lives and, in doing so, we will leave an impression about who we are and who we see God to be… let’s do it all for the glory of God in a way that others may be saved.
Let’s BE the Church!