In baseball, when the ball comes in contact with the bat that moment is referred to as “the moment of truth” or “contact point.” When the contact point takes place the trajectory of the ball is changed. Before the ball is traveling in one direction, but afterwards the ball is traveling in an entirely new direction.
We see that when people came in contact with Jesus their entire trajectory was changed. From the woman at the well recorded by John to Zacchaeus found in the book of Luke, whenever someone met Jesus their life took a turn for the best. People went from being blind to being able to see. They went from being cripple to being able to walk. People literally went from death to life. There wasn’t a question whether or not people were going to change when they met Jesus. When Jesus showed up someone was going to get up. When Jesus showed up there was going to be life change. When Jesus showed up there was going to be a resurrection. No question about it. You can take it to the bank. When people came in contact with Jesus, they were never going to be the same.
Paul tells us that we are Jesus’ ambassadors (see 2 Corinthians 5:20). He goes on to say that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is also inside of us (see Romans 8:11). An ambassador is someone who goes to another country on behalf of the country they came from. In other words, what Paul is conveying to us, is that we represent Jesus. Let me phrase it like this: when people come in contact with us they come in contact with Jesus. If what I said is true, then when people meet you their trajectory should change. Their life should take a 180 degree turn for the best. Their life should never be the same.
So let me ask you. Do people’s trajectories change when they come in contact with you? When they meet you, do they leave changed or do they remain the same? When you show up do people get up or are they still left lying in the same mess they were in?