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February 23, 1998

A Life of Impact

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Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. You will eat the fruit of your labor. PSALM 128:1-2
Everyone wants to know how to share his or her faith at work. What do they say? How do they say it? When is it appropriate?
The questions go on, but they’re always centered on the words that they will use. They never focus on the life that they will use. But here, the psalmist beautifully describes the impact of one man walking in right relationship with God. The ripples are felt by those around him and stretch out in geography and time. This man’s life is in sharp contrast to that of Adam, who ate the fruit of the tree, walked in his own ways, and then fled from the Lord. This mans life is centered on God— not only his relationship, but also his response, his being, and his doing.
A life like this has an impact on five spheres of influence:
Yourself. The immediate impact of a life following God is personal. Enjoyment and satisfaction from your work is a gift from God. It is not the by-product of hard work, but of right relationship and response.
Your spouse. Next the ripples spread out to the person closest to you in life— the “flesh of your flesh” and “bone of your bones.” The idea is that when you walk correctly, your spouse reaps the rewards.
Your children. Your children also benefit, not only from living within a house that is enjoying the blessing of God, but from receiving the blessing of a godly inheritance in the form of their own family
Your community. Your influence flows from you to your family and then out into your community and eventually into the nation. The impact of one life walking in right relationship and response literally can affect the prosperity of a nation.
Your lineage. Finally, the impact of this life is felt across time, blessing not only those in your generation, but also the generations beyond.
So the next time someone asks you how he can start sharing his faith at work, tell him that if he’s living life in right relationship and response to God, he’s already begun.

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