Let all things be done unto edifying. (I Corinthians 14:26)
Every believer should be a fresh breath of heaven to those we encounter in our pilgrimage. Our departure should leave a blessing. Their soul should be moved and edified in the things of the Lord after our departure. We should not leave behind a burden of woe, a heavy heart of unbelief, or anxiety and fretfulness. Every person whom we encounter by personal contact, phone, or email should be motivated to draw closer unto the risen Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after our visitation. Charles Simeon was of such refreshment. Henry Venn writing to his son-in-law, Charles Elliott wrote,
January 8, 1790. On Monday my affectionate friend Simeon walked over and slept here. Oh, how refreshing were his prayers, how profitable his conversation! We were all revived; he left a blessing behind him. … He preaches twice a week in a large room. My daughter attended there when I preached; and his people are indeed of an excellent spirit – merciful, loving, and righteous. (Handly Moule, Charles Simeon, Pastor of a Generation, 47)
Believer, do you leave “a blessing behind?” Regardless of the spiritual condition of those you meet, do they leave your presence knowing a sense of the Lord and the graciousness of His Word? The Lord Jesus, presenced in His Word, will still walk in the cool of the day with His people. May that walk revive those we have contact.