A few weeks ago, I was looking at the church’s website and observed that some of the pictures were, well, there’s really no nice way to put it, woefully out of date.
I’m not just referencing pictures of activities and events from as far back as 2015, I was looking at the scrolling pictures on the home page. Initially, they were put there during our 75th anniversary celebration (a picture of Main and Wright Street, the (now) museum...but one time church building of our family, and two pictures of our current building) except we now have a newer sign in front of the building.
I had thought about this in the past and, well, when I did, the weather outside was not the best for taking pictures or something else came up that kept me busy in other ways.
But this past week, it was a little different. When I looked at those pictures a thought occurred to me that if somebody was looking for our church building while driving on 412, they might drive right on by...because the sign is different from the picture on the website (and our Facebook page as well).
So now, the out-of-date pictures of our church building have been replaced. In the near future, the four scrolling pictures on the homepage may be replaced by a video of our exterior facilities shot by one of our member’s drone: it’s really cool!
But the point of me telling you this is to ask an important question: “What does your sign say?”
Each one of us has a sign. It tells people who we are and who we serve. When people look at you, does your sign say, “successful at business?” Or does your sign read, “a really good athlete?” Or, perhaps, “here’s someone who is super smart?”
In the first few verses of Philippians 3, Paul gives a laundry list of things he would have placed confidence in, in his former way of life. These are things that would have been on his “sign” for all to see and admire. In Philippians 3:7 Paul tells us what matters most to him now, “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.”
When people look at us, the first thing they should notice should be the sign that says, “I am a Christian and I serve Christ.”
You might be successful at business, a really good athlete, or super smart, or many other things. But what matters most now in all of our lives is Christ. If He is not the first thing people notice about you, nothing else really matters.