1 John 3:1 NIV
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
Jeremiah 1:5 NIV
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Genesis 1:27 NIV
So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
1 Peter 5:14 NIV
Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.
What’s The Deal?
Despite setbacks, I am thrilled to launch my new blog! As I pondered on how to introduce myself, I couldn’t decide which approach to take. There is so much pressure on introductions, especially during an initial encounter, that they have coined the phrase, “first impressions are your last.”
The first time I heard that phrase as a young child I instantly thought...death to first impressions! What did I care about how someone perceived me? Over the years I learned that great first impressions have its benefits. If your folks raised you like mine, then you undoubtedly put your best foot forward in an introductory setting. You make a fuss over wearing the appropriate clothing, oh don’t forget to make eye contact and don’t you dare eat onions during a lunch meeting, the list goes on.
The main drawback of first impressions is how much energy we can spend on fixing up our outside person, while our inside person is usually uninvited to the meeting. I can recall several initial meetings where I shied away from showcasing my colorful personality. I often think how does God see us when we shy away from the richness of our inner being? He made us in His image (Genesis 1:27 NIV) and He knew us before we were born (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV), with God we don’t have to go through the charades associated with introductions and first impressions.
What’s The Point?
Our God is a loving Father and we are His children (1 John 3:1 NIV). If you think a little deeper about it, we are brothers and sisters in Christ. Why is it we require so much of an introduction from our brothers and sisters in the faith? If we are all family in Christ, then there is no need for such agonizing introductions. The bible does not put emphasis on the protocol of first impressions. I know my brothers and sisters by the spirit of our Almighty Father.
The next time that you receive an introduction that may or may not align with your first impressions list, just think, this may be a God-sent opportunity for you to greet them in love and say, “No introduction necessary for we are a family in Christ.”
-Now I Can See