3/30/16: The Introduction

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It has become customary for me to be asked for a bio whenever I go to preach at a church or speak at an event. I have written the information about myself and I have it saved in several word lengths so I can conveniently send whatever the organization needs. This information is necessary because the people to whom I will be presenting usually do not know me and would like to be at least slightly familiar, and have at least a small reason to listen to what I have to say. Sometimes, I don’t even get the opportunity to meet the person who will deliver the introduction, so he or she is taking what I have written about myself at face value.

What has always been a blessing, though, is when the person introducing me has gone off script and offered a personal reflection of who she has observed me to be. Without my knowledge, she has been watching me “off camera” and listening to me “off mic.” She’s noticed something positive and feels comfortable enough to honor me with her personal, heart-felt words.

People watched what Jesus did too. He demonstrated over and over again what He was like by how He lived, by what He did. Besides those who followed Him, many others saw Jesus and “introduced” Him. For example:

  • At His birth, the angels introduced Him to the shepherds. (See Luke 2:8-18)
  • Simeon and Anna introduced Him at His circumcision (See Luke 2:25-38)
  • The Centurion introduced Him at the cross (See Matthew 27:54)
  • The demons even knew who He was. In Luke 4:34, when the unclean spirit in a man encountered Jesus, the demon introduced Him by yelling out, “Let us alone! What have we to do with You, Jesus of Nazareth? Did You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” (NKJ) Later in the same chapter, when Jesus was at another location, He was casting demons out of other people and those unclean spirits were crying out, “You are the Christ, the Son of God!” (Luke 4:41, NKJ)

So, if people were to have to introduce you just be observing you for a while, what would they have to say? Or if someone had to design a word cloud to describe you, what would the largest words be? Are the words you want said, the words that are said? Does your introduction ultimately point to Jesus? In other words, when people see you, do they see Him? They should.

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