“You know, my friend,” Stan began one morning, “that your life has an impact on a lot of people, many you probably will never know.”
“I don’t know about that,” I responded. “There’s not a whole lot about me that could impact anyone.”
“Don’t sell yourself short,” Stan responded. “Everyone of us who are Christians carry in us the Spirit of the Risen Lord.
“And,” he continued, “if we will get ourselves out of the way and allow that Holy Spirit to have His way in manifesting Himself, people will be impacted for the Kingdom.
“Is it fair to say,” I asked, “that it is equally true that if I allow myself to manifest the world, the flesh, and the devil, that people will be impacted, but in the wrong way?”
“You couldn’t be closer to the truth,” Stan responded, and then continued, “that is why I always make every effort, with every person, in every situation, to be careful who I am representing or manifesting by what I say and do.”
Continuing, Stan then said, “Since I do not know who may be impacted, I always try to error on the side of caution by getting my self-focus out of the way so the Holy Spirit has total freedom to manifest Himself in whatever way He wants.”
“But don’t you open yourself to a lot of rejection by people who may not like what you say or do?”
“Sure,” Stan replied, “but all such rejection is more than balanced by just one person’s eternal destination being altered. Besides, it is not up to me how other people will respond. That is between them and God. My role is to be faithful and obedient in being intentional about my Christianity.”
“Sow the seeds. Water them. Some will sprout and grow.”
“When I step off of the train in Glory, there may be people there I have never really known on this side of eternity, but they will be there to greet me because they were impacted by something the Holy Spirit did or said through me.”
But he who practices the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought from God. John 3:21.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for making it clear to me that everything I do and say has an impact on another person. Please forgive all of the impacts I have made that are contrary to what you want. And please, Lord, help me in always representing you in ways that will make an eternal difference in the lives of the people you bring before me, whether or not I know them. May I look forward to arriving in Glory to meet people who may be there because I was faithful in representing you in the ways you want. Thank you that I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.