I have noticed an interesting phenomenon in social introductions of late, or more like a lack thereof. Many people, particularly young people of today, seemed to have either never gained a knowledge of proper social introductions, or else they have the knowledge but lack the skill or else the desire. In whatever case, many people have come to disregard the decorum of social introductions.
What do you think? Are social introductions important? Does God care about our ability to introduce ourselves and/or others?
In case there’s any question as to what I mean by “social introductions” let me clarify. Social introductions are when you introduce (name and give a brief information/background about) two or more people, who you know, but who do not necessarily know each other.
Example: “John, this is my cousin Quinn, who is currently going to school for software design. Quinn, this is my friend John Gilbert, CEO of MainStream Design.”
The business world utilizes introductions often and well, but is this the only realm in which introductions are important?
The art of introductions (an announcing of someone or something) is actually an expertise we, as Christians, should have and utilize. For, we are supposed to be in fellowship, building one another up, and sharing the good news of Christ with each other and with others.
How do we share what we know with others if we don’t even know how to introduce ourselves, God, or anyone else, to others?
Let’s take a look at a few Biblical introductions, and ask as you read, what would have happened had these Biblical introductions not taken place, and what was accomplished as a result of these introductions taking place?
God introduces Adam (humanity) to earth
Gen 2:7-17 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and…The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed…to tend and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
God introduces Adam (man) to woman.
Gen 2:22-23 Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”
God introduces Himself (as LORD) to his servant Samuel
& Eli introduces Samuel to the LORD.
1Sa 3:8-11 And the LORD called Samuel again the third time…Then Eli perceived that the LORD had called the boy…said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and it shall be, if He calls you, that you must say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant hears.’ ” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Now the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel answered, “Speak, for Your servant hears.” Then the LORD said to Samuel: “Behold, I will do something in Israel…”
God introduces His Son (Jesus) to humanity.
Mat 3:16-17 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and…a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Mat 17:1-5 (& Luke 9:35, Mar 9:7) Now…He was transfigured before them…And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him….and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!”
God introduces Himself (the Trinity) to Saul—an intended disciple.
Act 9:3 “As [Saul] journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven… “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting….”
God introduces Ananias (a disciple) to Saul
& Ananias tells God how Saul has already been introduce to him.
Acts 9:10-15“…a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, “Ananias.” And he said, “Here I am, Lord.” So the Lord said to him, “Arise and…inquire at the house of Judas for one called Saul of Tarsus, for behold, he is praying. And in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him, so that he might receive his sight.” Then Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much harm he has done… to bind all who call on Your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel.”
Ananias introduces himself (as God’s servant) to Saul—whom Ananias treats as a disciple.
Act 9:17 “And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on [Saul] he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Challenge: Learn how to introduce yourself, others, and God, and learn how to do it well.