‘The smell of popcorn popping is one that arouses the senses of both young and old and makes the mouth water for a tasty handful. It makes a cold day a little cozier and a movie a little more enjoyable. Just about everything is better with popcorn and almost everyone loves it. If you want to make instant friends, make a batch of popcorn, and walk through a crowded room! It is one of the most beloved snacks of all time…’
The above is the opening paragraph of an article on Popcorn on the Kids Features of NASA’s website.
Take a minute, visualise with me. What if the subject of this paragraph is changed so that the description refers to a Christian, what a beautiful description of me it will be, I muse.
What if everyone everywhere has the following as strong opinions about me.
…connects to almost everyone, irrespective of age, because my presence is pleasing, and evokes in others a yearning to experience what I have. 1 Corinthians 9:22
…makes someone else’s life better and, burden bearable, because I consider the needs of others, no matter how small and ordinary, important and worthy of my attention and help. Philippians 2:3 & 4
…is beloved of almost everyone, because I’ve got what others need. Matthew 5:14-16 (I am not unaware that it is impossible, and even questionable to be like Christ and be loved by all.)
I wonder, what if it is the opinion and experience of everyone, everywhere, that Christians are the most beloved group of people of all time, because we make the world a better place?
What vision of the world do you see when Christians live up to Jesus’ expectations. Please share.