“One Affects Many”

This Week’s Meditation:  “One Affects Many”
Read: Joshua 7

Many of the stories in the news recently have revolved around the terrible decisions of one that in turn has affected many others.  As I read these stories I was reminded of a similar instance in the Old Testament.  It’s the story of Achan in Joshua 7.

When the Israelites started to experience many defeats they wondered what the problem was.  After consulting with the Lord they realized that the sin of Achan was bringing the whole group those unwanted defeats.

In verses 20-21 when Achan is questioned he says, “It is true! I have sinned against the LORD, the God of Israel. This is what I have done: When I saw in the plunder a beautiful robe from Babylonia, two hundred shekels of silver and a bar of gold weighing fifty shekels, I coveted them and took them. They are hidden in the ground inside my tent, with the silver underneath.”

As we live our lives we need to be aware of how our decisions affect the others around us.  It could be our family, our co-workers, our company, our church, or others.  Truth is, the decisions that we make in life reach further than just ourselves.  Are we taking that into account?

This is true in the positive sense as well as the negative.  It is amazing how the positive attitude or actions of one person can rally a group to accomplish things they never thought possible.  Thankfully we have also seen some of those stories in the news recently as well.

The bottom line for us is to be aware of this in our daily lives.  One right or wrong decision is much more far reaching than we sometimes realize.  The grace of Jesus is always sufficient, and the example of Jesus is always perfect.  Before you make your next move, think about the implications!

Make it personal:  Try using the following question before you make decisions in the future.  “How will this decision affect the people I love and care about?”  If we ask that question I think the Lord will truly lead us in the way we should go.

Have a blessed week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life
Arthur Mennonite Church