I work in an office building on the fourth floor. Down the hall there’s a financial guy, a lawyer, some other dude who I have no idea what he does and then a whole team of accountants, mostly men.
We all share a central washroom (restroom for my American friends) and so inevitably I’m frequently passing these accountants in the hallway coming and going.
When I first started to say hello to these number crunchers they were less than friendly. One guy would grunt as he passed by. Another would never look up and somehow managed to get out the odd “hi” in a dull low voice. A third would start moving as quickly as possible to get back to his office.
I started to wonder if all accountants were like that. Drone-like robots with zero personality and very little appetite for social pleasantries. Then I thankfully remembered that some were not the same.
Guilty by association
Some of my friends are accountants and they are filled with the joy of life and have a great sense of humor. The question came to my mind though. What if Christians acted like those stoic brothers down the hall?
What if the only impression of Christ’s followers were like my first impressions of my hallway sharing accountants?
Shining the light of Christ
I’m not suggesting that Christians walk around with plastic smiles on their faces. We all go through trials and difficulties. We all experience failures and dark days.
What I am suggesting is that Christians should act in a way that reflects the Lord Jesus. That means being friendly to strangers and responding to people when they greet us.
Singing in prison?
The best example of this is Paul and Silas in prison. Bound fast in the inner chamber they are singing praises to the Lord at midnight.
It made such an impact that the rest of the prisoners decided to stick around these guys when they could have easily escaped. Even the jailer wanted what they had.
Have you ever bitten into a piece of fruit you thought was fresh and it was rotten? It’s a shock and the first thing you want to do is spit it out. The Lord tells us what His fruit is going to look like in our lives.
If we are living out the fruit of the Spirit then everyone around us will see His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
In a world that is so lacking in these attractive qualities let’s be the ones to show them what they are missing. So don’t be a dull accountant, live Christ and draw others to the giver of life!