As we go about our day determined to fulfill our goals, we may or may not be mindful of how we are interacting with others. What we feel is expedience may read as haste and rudeness to others. What we feel as due diligence and care may read as sloth and again, rudeness to others. A moment of consideration is the very first step toward emulating Christ. We speak about first impressions often, but we tend to concentrate on impressions we want to make when there is a power dynamic – i.e. a potential employer or client you wish to impress, or a person whose affections or admiration you seek. Yet the instance when we need to give the very best impression is with a stranger. If we can allow God’s grace to be so present in our spirits that it impresses those we do not even know, then we are doing our best for Him. Agape love is powerful, too!
Matthew 7:16-23 (NKJV)
15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.
16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?
17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
In every waking moment, you want to be a testimony to God’s grace and covering. Your life cannot preach if you reserve the good treatment for only those whom you want to impress. Even when you think that no one is looking, bear good fruit!
When are you less than kind to regular people? What can you do to avoid it?