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Contemporary Comments 2016
Texts: Genesis 15:6; Numbers 14:11; 1 Corinthians 3:1–9; Daniel 6:1–3; Nehemiah 2:1–9; Deuteronomy 4:1–9; Acts 2:42–47
What’s the most reliable car brand in the world? Anyone approaching this topic is potentially walking into a hornet’s nest! But for the sake of discussion, let’s just consider a few examples being highlighted by different consumer research groups.
A leading consumer research company ranks the Lexus as the most reliable brand in the carmaker industry. (Toyota came in second place and Audi ranked third.) Lexus was so good that all seven of its models earned top marks in 2016. The information for ranking cars was based on reliability predictions for new models coming out.
One of the biggest areas of complaints by car owners is the new infotainment centers that may not properly respond on their touch screens or won’t quickly pair a phone. Electronic collision warning systems which are over sensitive add to the grief of buyers of automobiles. It’s one of the factors in vehicle reliability ratings.
Lexus is the luxury vehicle division of Toyota and is known for outstanding service. It has also earned top ratings in the UK, in J.D. Power Customer Service index, and the Luxury Institute. It has one of the highest customer loyalty ratings in the industry.1
In this week’s Sabbath school lesson we consider Christ’s way of winning people’s confidence. In a sense, it’s all about reliability. Other words which marked the ministry of Jesus are trustworthiness and faithfulness. Christ was not out to sell people on the gospel for personal profit. The Savior demonstrated genuine care for each person who crossed His path.
When we imitate the style of Christ in sharing our faith, gaining the confidence of another person doesn’t happen overnight. It is built over time by repeated gestures of interest and compassion. In studying Christ’s method, we’ve learned that Jesus mingled with others as one who desired their good, He showed people sympathy and compassion, and ministered to their needs.
Winning confidence isn’t really something you do; it is a result of what you’ve already done. Jesus won the confidence of people because He cared about them. Faith in Christ was a fruit of the love expressed by Jesus toward others.
Lexus didn’t earn the top spot for being the most reliable automobile in the world (five years in a row) by accident. Their position came through hard work and listening to customer’s needs. We, too, may gain a reputation for dependability toward those for whom we care. But you don’t need a showroom to display the power of God’s love.
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