“When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” (Acts 4:13, NIV)
People who knew Jehu could spot him in his chariot a long way off. “The driving is like that of Jehu, the son of Nimshi-he drives like a madman.”
I know some folks who bear that same trademark, including a grandchild or two!
Perhaps all of us wonder just how we will be remembered. While this is a legitimate concern, wondering how we are now perceived might be a more helpful pursuit. When the people who know us best see us come in view, what is our trademark? What thoughts immediately spring to their minds?
Wouldn’t it be nice to think that our friends see us as full of compassion, loving, forgiving, tender, kind, helping the helpless, cheering the downcast, concerned for the lost, lowly in spirit, holy harmless, patient, brave, meek, steadfast, and pure! That’s quite a plateful but so are the lists of positive attitudes and characteristics we read in the New Testament.
As we continue to reach for these goals, which are always beyond our grasp, our lives will change for the better. People can tell that we have been with Jesus. With a trademark like that, we need not worry about how we will be remembered.
Dear Father, You know even better than I how weak and imperfect I am and how I long to be more like Jesus. Please empower me to grow more into His likeness. May I give You the glory for what You have done through me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
- TEXAS STEVENS, Spring, Texas