When you throw a pebble into a pond, you’ll see a splash and hear the resounding plunk of the pebble. You might notice concentric circles rippling out from the locus point of where the pebble hit the water. The thrown pebble might also have other effects. It might frighten a nearby duck that leaps out of the water, hit another rock and bounce off, or scare a bunch of fish as it sinks into the pond. You are connected to the pebble, the water and the effects of throwing by the ripples the duck, and the fish. You have caused change through a single and simple act. In education, this concept is known as the ripple effect.
People who toss stones into a pond don’t always see who or what is touched by the waves their stones cause but the ripples go forth anyway. As Christians we won’t always know who is touched by our words and works for Christ, but we must understand one thing:
Our job however is not to question whether our words and works are having a certain impact. The purpose of life is to serve God by serving others. It’s not who you are as in your title. It’s what you do. Acts of faith have ripple effects in our lives and those around us. We may see the effects or we might not but they are there. Perhaps some of those ripples will travel into the next generation and beyond. Our job is to continually cast ourselves upon the water and put in motion those waves that God can direct towards others saved or unsaved.
- Paul writes this in Ephesians 2:10… “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
- NLT translates Ephesians 2:20 like this… “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
I would fail God if I didn’t tell of the man who had the greatest Ripple Effect in history: The Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Born in an obscure village 5. He never went to college
2. The child of a pleasant woman 6. He never traveled over 200 miles from where He was born
3. He never owned a house 7. When He died, He was laid in a borrowed tomb
4. He never wrote a book 8. In three days He arose from the dead
1) How different history would be if not for his ripple:
2 Another ordinary man named Philip had not sought out Nathanael and told him “We have found him of whom Moses in the law prophets did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph”. John 1:45
3 What if an ordinary fisherman had not responded to the request of a Gentile named Cornelius and shared the Gospel with him and his household. Acts 10:1-48
2) What if of history
1What if a five year old child named John Wesley had not been snatched from a burning house? What if his brother Charles Wesley had not taken ill and during that time read Luther’s commentary on Galatians and learned of Salvation by Grace thru Faith?
3 What if a professional ditch digger from South Charleston would had listen to friends & family that he would never be able to preach because of his “bad” lisp. Then T.D.Jakes would not have founded The Potter’s House.
4 What if an Oral Roberts University dropout would have decided not to trust in the Lord and pastor his father’s ministry. Then in 2003 over 18,000 people would have not walked down the isles of Lakewood Church to publicly accept Christ as Savior or rededicated their lives to Christ.
5 What if a dairy farmer in Charlotte NC had not faithfully taught his young son Billy Graham the Gospel.
The influence, the Ripple Effect that God has begun in your life can affect many: friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and strangers
What kind of ripple and waves are you setting into motion by my words and works for Christ? You may not see the shore on which each rippling wave lands, but the shore where you stand at right now is where the Ripple must begin. Matt 5:16