If you are successful, you influence your Family.
If your Family is successful, your Family influences your Community.
If your Community is successful, your Community influences your Nation.
If your Nation is successful, your Nation influences the World.
Romans 12:21, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Every person is making a ripple effect with their lives, some a positive one and some a negative one. Our actions are never neutral but always create a ripple effect of some kind. There is a ripple effect being created in everyone’s life by our actions, our words, our attitudes, and our countenance. Evil never makes any family, community, or business better, but always destroys it. The Bible tells us to overcome evil with good, clearly indicating that there is no neutrality. Every act will either promote evil or promote evil overcoming good. We are in desperate need of overcoming evil on the corrupted political scene, but we will never overcome evil politically until we learn to overcome evil personally.
Following four specific commandments from Romans chapter 12 will help you to create a ripple effect in your society, your family, your country, and even in your world.
Present your life to God. Verse 1 of this famous chapter implores you to give back to God what is already rightfully His: your life. He must have possession and control of us if we are going to create a positive ripple effect. We can do no good on our own, and “there is none that doeth good, no not one” (Psalms 14:3.) God didn’t just save us from the penalty of sin, but also from the power of sin. Give your life to Him, and allow Him to personally give you victory over evil in your life.
Be personally transformed. Once we recognize who we belong to and submit to His leading, we have the responsibility to allow Him to transform us. His plan is that we would grow from babes to toddlers to children to teenagers to mature believers in Christ. Babies are naturally selfish, but God wants to change us from natural to supernatural. Do you think of how you can better the lives of others or how they can help your personal agenda? The process of transformation makes us think more like Jesus Christ and less like the way we used to think, thus creating a positive ripple effect.
Join the body of Christ. As a believer you will fit somewhere into the local body of believers, the local church. This institution is very precious to the Lord, and he shed His precious blood for it. Find your place in the body, and allow God to use you there for His glory. A body in loving unity is a great attraction to a lost and dying world! Come to worship with a purpose, and pray “God, use me as a member of your body to create a ripple effect that will eternally affect others.”
Personally minister to others. People are influenced by our good works to accept Jesus as their Savior. Though we are not saved by good works, we should be“a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:14.) Jesus said that people would know who were the true disciples based on the love they showed toward others. He was the perfect example of someone who ministered to others, as he“went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil, for God was with him” (Acts 10:38.) We who have been touched by the eternal ripple effect of the life of Christ have the unparalleled opportunity to create the same type of ripple effect for others in these unique times!