Imagine for a minute a world without movie advertising . . . no previews or trailers . . . no social media posts . . . no billboards or posters. Just the name of the movie and showings listed in the newspaper or on a website.
Would we still go to the movies? Would we spend our hard-earned money on the chance of seeing a good movie? Probably not.
That’s why movie trailers exist. The combination of music, a few action-packed or super funny scenes and voiceover from a guy with a really cool voice entices us to want more. They give us a glimpse of the best scenes, so we’ll want to watch the whole thing.
Our lives have the opportunity to operate in a similar way, as a preview of a much bigger picture . . . the picture of God’s redemptive plan for the world. As Jesus-followers, people are watching us to see if they want what we have . . . at home, at work, at church, on social media . . . in ordinary, everyday situations. We should constantly be asking ourselves questions like these . . .
- Am I honoring my wife in front of my kids or in public?
- How am I acting at my kids sporting events? (I’m not the only one to get a warning for yelling at officials, right?)
- Am I looking the people I walk by in the eye and treating them as God’s beloved?
- How am I treating the customer service agent helping me in a store or on the phone?
“The world is waiting to see Christians live with the joy of Jesus. Once they see it, they will want it. In addition to making our lives vibrant, joy is our most effective means of evangelism.”
If we are going to reflect the joy of Jesus in the world today, we have to be with Jesus. When we spend time with Him, our lives will overflow with . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. And when we are living out those fruits of the Spirit, others will want to know Who we have been with and how they can meet Him.
Scripture: When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. (Acts 4:13 – bold mine)