Never Get a Second Chance

I have heard all my life that you will never get a second chance to make a first impression, and I believe it.  While I do know you can change the first impression that you give someone, it is easy to ruin a good first impression, but very hard to make a first impression better. Some of that would be human nature. Think about how long a first impression of someone you had lasted. How long did it take to improve that if it was bad? How long did it take to ruin that impression if it was not so good?

 

It’s almost frightening to think that people will also form impressions of a Christian the same way. And young folks, your friends will form impressions of you, whether good or bad. God has always commanded His people to be different. Take a quick look through the Old Testament and it won’t take long to notice God wants His people to be different. God expects the same of us today as Christians. Paul said to Titus “ For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works” (Titus 2:11-14).

 

The world will know how important faith is in our lives, and the world will know where our priorities are. Paul said that we are to “deny ungodliness and worldly lust”, meaning that our lives should “contradict” those things that are “ungodly”, and that we should stay away from worldly lust, or those worldly things God has forbidden. But Paul says here that God wants us to be “zealous for good works” (Titus 2:14).  We should “desire” good works. While we could go on and on about lists of good works that we could do, one of the best works we can do is to show others our love for God by being the example we should to others. Young people, never underestimate the power of your example. People are watching you. Peter says, “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation (1 Pet 2:11-12). Peter makes it very clear that others are watching. Peter says that we should have our conduct “honorable” among those who are not Christians. Why? Well Peter says so that they may, “by your good works, which they observe”, glorify God in the day of visitation.

 

Your example may be the only Bible that some people will ever see. Let us not take lightly the responsibility that we have to be an example to those around us. Your friends will gauge the importance of faith in your life by the importance you place on assembling with the church, attending activities, and your example in living the life God has commanded us to live.  Keep up the great work!!

 

Ande Z

 

Activities:
02/17 – Area Wide Devo @ Roebuck Parkway

02/19 – Devo @ Ande Z’s

03/22-03/23 – Tentative Retreat Reschedule

 

 

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