Last week, we were shown an apartment by a realtor from a major realty company. We were looking for an apartment with three bedrooms plus room for guests/office plus a garage space. She showed us an apartment with three bedrooms and unusable storage space. I wanted to take a picture of the place to go with my written notes so that I could remember which apartment went with each set of notes. I was told that I couldn’t take any pictures but that she would email photos to me and she promptly wrote down my email address. When we asked to see the garage, she explained that only people who live here can have access to the garage. That makes sense. I assumed that she would have pictures of the garage with her, but no – the pictures were in her office. Before we ended our unhelpful visit, I was asked to complete an evaluation form of the apartment (in part, so that she could prove that she did her job and showed the apartment). We thanked her for her time and parted ways. I’ve haven’t yet received the pictures.
It seemed as if the realtor wasn’t there to actually present and successfully rent the apartment. At least, she hadn’t thought it through from the vantage point of the renter and come prepared to help him make an informed decision. I don’t know if we would have rented that apartment or not, but I know for sure that we won’t because of the realtor dropped the ball. We’ve rejected this apartment on the basis of its ambassador as much as its own merits.
For the past couple of days, I’ve thought about whether or not I’m like that realtor. When I encounter people in our city, do I really believe that there is a distinct possibility that this person may be one of the elect? Have I tried to think of their needs and questions when it comes to understanding and embracing the Gospel? Am I prepared to give them the information they need in order to make an informed decision? Will I drop the ball when it comes time for follow-up? Or am I going through the motions and becoming disappointed that no one seems to “want what I’m offering”? I contrast this with what I see in Paul’s life. I’m reading 2 Corinthians right now. Over and over, I read about Paul’s intentionality and recipient-mindedness in reaching people.