On Sunday, our church prayed off another family moving out of state. As a pastor, it’s never easy to send off a family. It always stings a little.
This family was especially difficult for me. They have been part of my church for the better part of thirteen years. They gave their lives to Jesus and were baptized in my church, and I’ve been personally involved in watching them grow.
It’s been amazing to see the spiritual ripple effect in their lives over these past years. It’s one that I am sure will continue as the Lord walks them through this new open door.
I want to share a little of it with you today because, if you pay attention, I’m sure you have a spiritual ripple effect happening in your life right now. You just haven’t noticed it.
It all started for this family when their three-year old son started asking questions about God. Not knowing how to answer him, the dad and mom decided they had better go to church so they could find the answers. And so, the spiritual ripple started.
This led them to their very first visit to Fusion Christian Church. Pulling in, they only saw a couple of cars in the parking lot of Pump It Up, one of our very first meeting places. They sat in the car, debating if they were coming in or not. Finally, after about ten minutes of debate, they braved the elements and plunged through the front door.
After that first visit, God grabbed ahold of their lives, and they started attending every Sunday. This led to them surrendering their lives to Jesus and getting baptized. And the spiritual ripple started getting bigger.
Then they started to serve, inviting friends and family members, and becoming part of the leadership team. Even though my friend almost lost his life due to a botched surgery and they lost their home during the recession, they kept following the Lord. Even when the enemy tried to take them out, they still hung on to their faith. The spiritual ripple was unstoppable now.
Now, after thirteen years, God is sending them to another state with new opportunities for the spiritual ripple effect to grow even bigger and change more lives. God’s not done with them yet.
Why am I telling you this? Because you have a spiritual ripple effect happening in your life right now. You might not see it now because your sight is clouded with the everyday struggles of life. But it’s there.
The Bible tells us “That he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)
That means that no matter what you go through or where God sends you, His spiritual ripple effect can’t be stopped.
Oh, it might have started small, like a simple conversation with a three-year-old. But once God gets started, he always finishes. It means God’s not done with you yet. The best is yet to come!