Recently I was introduced to someone and they started the conversation with, "Oh, I've heard a lot about you." You really can take that statement two ways.
1 Kings 10.1-13
Reference: v.1 When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relation to the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. (NIV Bible)
Explore: It's always interesting to hear what people know of you before they meet you. Recently I was introduced to someone and they started the conversation with, "Oh, I've heard a lot about you." You really can take that statement two ways. Depending on their intonation, that comment could mean that you have done things that people are commending or condemning.
The Queen of Sheba had clearly heard a lot about Solomon and so came to visit him to see for herself if he lived up to his famous name. She was impressed that Solomon surpassed his well-spoken of name and praised his god for all that she had witnessed.
Application: It would always be nice to surpass other's expectations of us, but what matter even more is how people view God through us. The Queen of Sheba was able to see God's fulfillment of His promises through Solomon. In hearing a lot about Solomon she had heard a lot about his god.
When people hear about us, are they also hearing a good representation of God?
Sometimes I wonder why God would choose us to represent Him here on earth, but he does. And so when people are hearing about you they are hearing about characteristics of God. Whether we are at work, in social settings or at home, we are proclaiming God's name. If our desire is for the Lord's name to be praised then we must live for Him with our words as well as our actions. May we be a positive advertisement for God today.
Prayer: Lord, you are wonderful and glorious and we could never represent all you are. May we strive to represent you as best as we can so that more people can see your greatness and enter into your presence. Amen.
We are like God's advertisement. What aspect of God are you promoting for Him in this season of your life?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.