“First impressions last.”
Human beings are introducing themselves to fellow human beings all the time. It happens at parties, at business meetings, and at various planned events and random encounters. Introducing ourselves to others is a normal—albeit a bit awkward—part of human social interaction. But have you ever noticed how we often like to introduce ourselves? We often gravitate towards talking about what we do—especially our jobs and careers. It’s probably the easiest way to talk about ourselves and help people get a sense of who we are.
It’s no doubt that our jobs and careers are an important part of our lives. We spend countless hours a week in the jobs that we love and hate. But as believers in Jesus, our jobs and careers don’t really describe the most important piece of who we are. There’s something far more important about us that we often shy away from disclosing to others: that we are full-fledged followers of the Lord Jesus Christ. Why is this the case? Why do we often shy away from telling others the most important detail of ourselves? Is it because of embarrassment? Social etiquette? Fear of backlash or ridicule? Whatever the reason, we tend to stay away from that conversation altogether.
But what would happen if we started our introductions with that? “Hey, I’m so and so and I follow Jesus.” That would certainly raise a couple of eyebrows and get the attention of people. But more importantly, it would describe the most important part of who we are—that we make no qualms about following Jesus who is the King of kings. Additionally, it could be a great conversation starter too.
I got to see this in action a couple of months ago. I was sitting down with a friend for coffee talking about evangelism and discipleship. At some point in time, we were interrupted by a man who was seated at another table who asked us a question. We got into a small conversation with him and he eventually asked us what we did. My friend’s response shocked even me. He said quite confidently, “Well, we’re followers of Jesus.” That response alone opened the door wide to a conversation about Jesus and gave us an opportunity to share a bit of our Christian beliefs with the man.
Of course, different contexts require different approaches to how we introduce ourselves to others. But at some point in time, I don’t think we should be embarrassed or afraid to let people know that we follow the Lord Jesus Christ who is the King of kings.