WHAT WILL BE YOUR CALLING CARD?
*WISDOM FOR TODAY.*
*WHAT WILL BE YOUR CALLING CARD?*
Acts 18:21 *But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you, if God will. And he sailed from Ephesus.*
*Insight and Highlight.*
When you impress a good memory of yourself in the lives of people, they will miss your absence.
There is a maxim that goes, "absence makes the heart grow fonder".
This means that you feel more affection for those you love when parted from them.
When you impact people's lives, and you end up parting either for a short time or for a while, your impactful life remains "your calling card" to them.
They will always remember you were with them.
Paul arrived at Ephesus. When he was leaving, he left Priscilla and Aquila with them.
The people wished he would spend more time with them, but Paul declined and sailed away from Ephesus.
Paul made two remarkable statements, each having a tone suggesting that though he may be absent from them for a while, he would surely see them very soon.
He said, *"I must by all means,..."* and
*".....I will return again, if God will"*, Acts 18:20-21.
Paul was telling them that in addition to accounting for his presence, his absence or omission must also be accounted for.
When you leave a place, your absence should be accounted for, just as your presence was accounted for.
Your absence should be felt as much as your presence is felt. A feeling or notion of "wished you were here."
Paul left a mark that still identified him with the people he left everywhere he journeyed.
Leaving this mark of love and serenity in the heart of the people he was once with was his calling card.
It is important we leave in the hearts of people, love for them to cherish that we were once with them.
Paul was fondly remembered for this.
In his farewell to the Ephesians, he left a mark in their heart; *"....and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive."*
*"And they all wept sore, and fell on Paul's neck, and kissed him,"*
Though he would not see them again, his words remained indelible in their hearts, and they wept, Acts 20:36-38.
What is your calling card?
Will you be loved more, even in your absence?
What will you leave in people's hearts for them to testify you were there for them?
What will people remember you for, or what would they remember about you?
Some people's calling card is a yoke of evil.
Deut 25:17-18 *Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;*
*How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God*
*Call to Word action.*
If your calling card is evil, God will come calling!
1 Sam 15:2-3 *Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt.*
*Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not...."*
*The Christian clarion duty.*
Choose that people will remember you for the good things you had done in their lives.
Lord, help to positively impact people's lives. Let me be remembered for touching lives in Jesus name.
Good morning all, and have a blessed day today.
God bless you.