When a small pebble is tossed into a still pond, it causes the surrounding water to ripple outward in concentric circles. Similarly, a single event, act or choice can have multiple, far-reaching effects. A well dug in an impoverished area provides clean water, resulting in less disease and improved health for the people. As a result, the quality of education rises and the level of employment increases. World events such as natural disasters and the threat or onset of war effect financial markets. The market’s response ripples outward to national economies, and ultimately to the citizens. Is anything in this life exempt from a ripple effect?
The effect of Jesus’ death and resurrection has life-altering implications on us today:
“Just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men” (Romans 5:18).
“Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” (Romans 6:4b).
Because Jesus was obedient to the Father, bearing our sins on the cross, we can live a new life: empowered by His Spirit and free from sin. According to Scripture:
“…the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life” (Romans 6:22b).
Yet the ripple effect of our everyday choices can thwart our experience and enjoyment of this new life. Every thought, every small decision, every word spoken has ripple effects. Consider, what will “ripple” from dwelling on a lie-based thought versus taking that thought captive and meditating instead on what God says is true. Think about the ripple effect of diligently seeking God versus making your relationship with Him a low priority.
Do you look for immediate gratification in the “pebbles” you cast throughout each day? Like Jesus, let’s consider the ripple effect of every choice:
“…who for the joy set before Him endured the cross.”