For those who come behind me

Posted 8/18/17

The Psalmist said in Psalm 23, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” What a wonderful desire — what a wonderful testimony.

We need to live our lives so that …

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For those who come behind me

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The Psalmist said in Psalm 23, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” What a wonderful desire — what a wonderful testimony.

We need to live our lives so that we leave only goodness and mercy when we pass by — not chaos, confusion and conflict. The world expects much of a person who calls himself a follower of Christ. And should.

When people observe us, do they see the image we want to portray — a fascade? Or, as we pass by, do they glimpse “another view” — someone who stomps through life, not caring what he leaves behind. We don’t want destruction to follow in our wake.

I remember a soap advertisement of a little boy trying to get rid of his shadow. The ad read, “The only thing (the product) won’t wash out.” That’s so true of our reputation.

So what is more crucial — first impression, or last(ing) impression? You decide — what we want them to see or what they see. How disappointing when we give such a wonderful first impression, but upon leaving, the last impression proves the first as false.

There’s a song that states, “May all those who come behind me find me faithful.” That’s a testimony we all want, don’t we?

Looking at first impressions of Christ: He was from Nazareth; He was the son of a carpenter; He taught a love-and-grace religion; He was baptized in the dirty Jordan River by a radical preacher; and so forth.

But the last(ing) impression was a man going to the cross, being buried and rising from the grave — a man who could forgive sins and cleanse the hearts of men — a man who gave His life that others could have life.

When he walked through town, he left behind people who were healed, people who had demons cast out, people who had eaten because of His miracles, forgiven people, those who had loved ones restored ... everywhere He went, He was doing good. Goodness and mercy followed our Lord Jesus Christ.

We share Christ with others — not only by the words we speak, but by the lives we live — the last(ing) impression.

What do we leave in our wake?

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