Not Impressed

The story of the infamous 10 Plagues is told in Exodus 7 – 12. As I was reading this last week, what caught my attention was Pharaoh’s reaction to the 1st Plague and the miracle that preceded it.

The first time Moses and Aaron visit Pharaoh, they demand to let the Israelites go free to worship the true God. (I cannot help but laugh at the thought of Pharaoh’s facial response as these two old men, Moses 80 and Aaron 83, laid down their demands.)

To prove that they were serious and that they spoke for the Lord God they worked a miracle. Aaron threw down his staff and it turned into a snake (Ex 7:10). But Pharaoh called over his magicians and they all threw down their staffs which also turned to snakes (never mind that Aaron’s staff-snake ate their staff-snakes) (Ex 7:11,12).

NOT IMPRESSED (cf. Ex 7:13)!

Then Moses and Aaron caught up with Pharaoh at the Nile River. Aaron struck the water with his staff and the water turned to blood (Ex 7:20).

“But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts; so Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them; as the Lord had said. Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not lay even this to heart” (Ex 7:22,23).

In other words…..NOT IMPRESSED!!!!

Pharaoh was not impressed because his magicians were able to duplicate Moses’ “tricks.”

There is a great lesson here for our ability to effectively communicate the Gospel. If our “Christian virtues” do not surpass the virtue of the world, then we will lack the authentic witness of the Gospel’s true transformative power.

  • If we can hold grudges for past injuries just as long as other family members…
  • If we participate in gossip at work just like every other employee…
  • If we marginalize the weak or “unimportant” like everyone else does…
  • If our joy is not more than that of an employee at Chick-fil-a…
  • If our manner of caring for the poor is not more genuine than the government’s…
  • If our patience waiting in line cannot outlast the person in front of us…
  • If our LOVE is not different…

 …Then what difference does Jesus Christ make in our life?!? And therefore what difference would Jesus Christ ever make in the lives of those who meet us?!?

Let’s face it…the world today is just simply…NOT IMPRESSED.

So let us pray for a revival in each of our hearts. Pray that the Love of God will be so Impressive in us, that it cannot help but move outward to others in order that it will make an everlasting Impression on them.

That would be IMPRESSIVE!!!

Blog by:
Chris Stewart
Co-Founder & COO
Casting Nets Ministries
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