What Effect Are We Having on the World?

 

Today we hear a lot about Carbon Footprints or human’s effect on the planet.  No matter what our physical impact is, we should have a spiritual impact

We Have a Spiritual Impact on the World Our Spiritual Footprint

  • Proverb 15:4, 18:21-Even our words have effects on those around us
  • Prov. 19:13, 27:11 -Our attitudes have impacts on others
  • Romans 2:23-24 -People see our actions and we can actually cause people to not want to follow God, if our actions are bad.
  • 1 Thess. 3:9-10-We can influence  in a positive way

God desires us to influence the world for good

  • Rom. 7:4-5 -We can influence for God (good) or for death
  • 1 Cor. 16:17-18 -We can refresh other’s spirits.  We can with God’s help we can be like spiritual water to those who are spiritually stressed.
  • 2 Tim. 1:16-18 & Phil. 17, 20- Here are examples of people who sought out those who needed refreshing.

The Power to Affect Positively Comes from God

  • Romans 15:1-19 -What was accomplished was by God.  The message of hope is the same today and God is looking for those to spread it.
  •  1 Cor. 3:5-9 – God causes plants to grow
  • Gal. 5:22-25 -God produces the fruits.  If we make a positive difference it is by God’s power not ours.

There is no Guarantee that we will affect people as we desire

  • Matt. 19:1-22 – Even Jesus told this man what he needed and he couldn’t make him do it.  People have free will
  • Matt  23:37-38 – Jesus has much to offer, but people have free will

Let’s make spiritual footprints that follow Jesus.

—Robert Lee, 5-4-08, a.m.

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