We have all seen signs at nature preserves and parks that read, “take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints”. Would it not be wonderful if we took that mentality with us everywhere as Christians? What ‘footprints’ do you leave each day as you hurry here and there, grumble through work or take your kids on their appointed rounds? Who do people see as you leave? Is it Christ?
1) The mother that allows children to run wild in stores, destroying displays, products and endangering other shoppers by tripping them – Do people assume she is a Christian?
2) The road rage of cutting someone off, not allowing them in, blaring the horn or visible mouthing and hand signals – Do you think the ‘fish’ on the back of the car will send the message you are not?
3) The parent yelling, or worse ignoring their child in the store – Do those around you see “Christ” in you?
4) The neighbor that has total disregard for others property through theirs or their children’s actions – Are your neighbors seeking Christ because of your family’s example?
5) The patron leaves a ‘tract tip’ in place of a monetary tip or along side a minimal tip – Are you portraying Christ as stingy?
6) The way you dress or dress your children for Church – Do people think you are leaving for the beach or the mall? Are you dressed showing that you ARE blessed or do you spend more time getting ready for work, shopping, ‘dates’ and other events? Do you present God with your best? Not your most expensive, but you and your children are the cleanest, neatest and at your best for church over all other places (and that includes on the inside).
We leave ‘footprints’ everywhere we go. Sometimes we are the ONLY “Christ” people see. Our attitudes, actions and appearance, as well as those of our children, are the footprints we leave behind. What ‘photo image’ are they taking that will forever be emblazoned in their photo album of Christians? Will people be glad to see you go? Or wish you had stayed?
2 And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God.