Having been a real estate sales person for a number of years in a couple of states in the past, I quickly learned a phrase called ‘curb appeal’. This is when someone prospecting for a house is influenced by how the house appears from the street. This is akin to something called elevation. This is impact time. What happens in the prospective buyer is known as a first impression. This is “keep going” or “hold on just a minute” time.
Any person’s evaluative reservoir is probably like no other person in the world. Each experience is a very private assessment. This behooves a home-owner to do whatever is necessary to create this good impression. This experience should be noteworthy to anyone about their own personal ‘curb appeal’, personality-wise for instance. It has less to do with exterior beauty or appeal than on character displayed by the individual. They can become defensive and say, “What they see is what they get”, or “Well, no one can please everyone”, or “That’s their problem, not mine”. While there is some truth to those replies, what is the inevitable outcome? Is it bathed in benefit, or rejection?
You probably have guessed that I am aiming at our witness as Christians. Living Christ-like is not “the preacher’s job”. Shallow, defensive statements like this reveal a clear lack of spiritual oneness with our Savior. Outside of the Pharisees, Jesus’ demeanor and response was always with love and concern. Is your oneness with our Lord displaying the true ‘curb appeal’? Do you remember that the word Christian means ‘follower of Christ’? Do you imagine that the reflection of others about your witness is “hold up a minute and let me take a closer look” , or “keep going”? Remember this: you may be the only Jesus someone may ever see.