Posted on October 29, 2019 by Erin Culleny in Freedom Fighters
As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. — Proverbs 27:17
We are told how important a first impression can be. Many believe making a great first impression is key to having a positive influence on others. Which brings up the question, how do we influence the people we encounter?
As Christians, whether we like it or not we are representatives of Christ. The face of Christianity is being displayed by us who call ourselves followers of Jesus. The important thing is to never put on a fake face or try to be a phony person. However, we are responsible for our countenance, that expression that is usually seen before you say a word. The idea of representing someone or something is to prepare for an encounter before it happens. Our outward appearance is usually an indicator of what’s going on inside. The difference between a phony smile and an authentic one is to have our inner being in a good state of mind.
This is where the concept of iron sharpening iron can be an important part of our walk. To have someone in our lives that can extinguish the anxiety level in ourselves by bringing about certain truths that are found in God’s word, can make a difference. How many times have you walked away from a brother in Christ after some refocusing and prayer and have your whole attitude change? It’s like before and after your car goes thru the carwash.
A good countenance can go a long way to reaching people for Jesus. If we are a good representation of what it looks like to have the peace and joy that comes with the truths of our relationship with God, there is no better way to reach a lost and dying world. No one is going to be influenced by a sour face approaching them on a daily basis. I know some Christians who make me think they are miserable because of the look on their face, they don’t even have to say a word because their attitude is written all over their it.
So, prepare yourself before walking out the door, consider the audience of people who are watching you. Remember Who you represent and be reminded of the victory that is yours as a child of God.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
Written by Rob Russomano, Rob Russomano is married to Terri and serves with her as full-time staff members. He is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and is available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Think About This: It is a sign the oil of grace hath been poured into the heart “when the oil of gladness” shines on the countenance. Cheerfulness credits religion. – Thomas Watson
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Your works. – Psalm 73:28
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.