Sunday, August 2, 2009

Always a First Impression

2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a, Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15, Psalm 51:1-12, Psalm 78:23-29, Ephesians 4:1-16, John 6:24-35

There are nearly 7 billion people in the world. That gives us a lot of opportunities to make a first impression. The old saying goes that you only get one chance to make that first impression, so you are constantly encouraged to make that impression a positive one.

As human beings, that is hard to do, because we are not always on our "A" game. Sometimes we get caught at a low moment, even if we make every effort to be careful with our outward persona. Therefore, even if you never encounter a certain person again, that impression of you will last with them forever.

Fortunately for us, our eternal goal is not making 7 billion first impressions, but to make a good first impression with God every day. Our Father, by giving us another day on earth, cleans our slate with forgiveness, and we have another chance to show God how faithful we are through our love for Him.

When we repent for our sins, we are creating another opportunity to please God. We are then given favor to do what He intended for us to do with our lives. So while we have mortal pressure to make good first impressions with everyone we meet, we should take comfort that we should not have that same pressure in our relationship with God.

God loves us for who we are because He created us. He knows our faults and our needs. All He desires from us is total devotion to Him. Keep that in mind when you are worrying about your outward appearance to the rest of the world, for that fleeting opportunity for a first impression is as temporal as our existence on earth. The eternal love and favor of God is the real impression that counts, and it is renewable on a daily basis.