†††† In God's kingdom (the church) good things can happen because of you or bad things can happen because of you. An example of the good is that of a husband being won to the Lord by his godly wife. (1 Peter 3:1-6) Diotrephes is an ex≠ample of what can happen because of an evil person. (3 John 9-11) What can happen because of you?
††††† Because of you others may chose God: Naomi's influence was so strong that Ruth chose her God. (Ruth 1:16-18) Your influence can cause others to choose God. Your influence can cause someone who believes in Jesus to be stronger in the Lord.
††††† Because of you the faith of some might be overthrown: "But shun profane and idle babbling, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some." (2 Timothy 2:16-18) It will be sad indeed for some to stand in judgment having possessed saving faith themselves and yet be guilty of over-throwing the faith of others.
††††† Because of you others might be discouraged: The
spies, except Joshua and Caleb, discouraged the people from going into
††††† Because of you others can be refreshed: "For we have great joy and con≠solation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother." (Philemon 7.) In a world that beats people down what a blessing it is to be refreshed by brethren who truly love and care.
††††† To be saved you must hear the gospel of Christ (Romans ), believe in Jesus as the Son of the living God (Mark ), repent of the sins in your life (Acts ), confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized for remission of sins. (Acts )† As a Christian you should recognize the good things that can happen in Godís work because of you. The life of a Christian is a blessed life. The Christian life is also a blessing to others. What will happen because of you? Will it be good or evil?
By Charles Box,