“And Samuel said,
‘Though you are little in your own eyes,
are you not head of the tribes of Israel?
The LORD anointed you a king over Israel.’”
1 Samuel 15:17
My decisions impact much more than just me. I am not near the kind of office Saul held as king of Israel, but my actions and responses, my obedience and disobedience whether outwardly demonstrated or held in my heart – the impact of all of it extends far beyond myself.
Like with marriage. I have been reading through This Momentary Marriage by John Piper, which emphasizes God’s role in marriage, His design of what it is to look like, and the purpose of it all. Marriage holds the responsibility to reflect the covenant relationship of Christ and His beloved church. It is a picture of the gospel. Piper stresses that this responsibility must not be taken lightly and is about so much more than the individuals or the couple themselves. Because it is meant to show the glory and hope of the gospel of Christ to the world.
My obedience elsewhere, in every facet of life, must not be taken lightly either. Obedience in contentment, in joy, in faith, in forgiveness, in purity. Obedience in only speaking with grace to benefit the hearer. Obedience in service and ministry, stepping willingly and gladly into the roles God brings us to, even if they look intimidating. Obedience to speak the truth in love, checking motives to be certain we speak with pure love and kindness. Not shying from voicing Christ, His truth, and the hope given to us, but offering the words as hope, not condemnation. Christ died out of love for sinners. The Lord’s heart breaks for those lost in darkness, as it broke for us before we believed and were saved by His grace. May our hearts break as well and seek to show and speak the hope of Christ with His love, compassion, and strength.
We are light in this world. We must walk as children of light; that is what we are (Ephesians 5:8). Not just because walking in light keeps us in fellowship with the God who makes us whole, but because our walking in light affects all around us. Our family, friends, and acquaintances as well as those we don’t see. The other drivers on the interstate. Those who see our posts or comments on social media. People around us in stores, restaurants, or parking lots.
We are light. We must live intentionally here, in our homes and our workplaces and our schools and wherever our days take us, because oh how this matters! Stirring up other believers to love and good works. Bringing perhaps the first glimpse of hope someone has seen in a long time. Filling our role in the body of Christ, knowing each part matters and is needed for the whole body to hold together and build itself up in love (Ephesians 4:16).
We matter. You matter. There are purposes set out for you by the God who made you. Your faith and joyful obedience impact those around you. You might not see it, but those effects ripple out – as do the effects of disobedience.
Though you may be little in your own eyes, are you not woven together by the Living God who has written your days and brought you to new life in Christ for the good works He has prepared for you (Psalm 139:15-16; Ephesians 2:10)?
This God thinks of you. He sees you. He strengthens and equips you. He loves you. He calls you to Himself, having brought you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9). Walk as His beloved, set apart, chosen child of light in the ways and purposes He has designed (Colossians 3:12). They are beautiful, life-giving to you and those around you, and will show His magnificent glory to all.