We all have a vital role to play in the world. We may not know it but the choices we make will deeply impact those around us and future generations. Ruth made the important choice of standing by Naomi even after her husband, Naomi’s son died, this decision can be seen rippled throughout the Bible as Ruth was the Great Grandmother of King David. If you know your bible you will all know that Jesus bloodline is from David. So the choice, however small at the time, doesn’t always affect us but could be world changing. As we grow in an all in relationship with God we need to put trust the directions God gives us in the choices we make, even if they don’t make sense at the time.
But Herod said, “I beheaded John. Who, then, is this I hear such things about?” And he tried to see him. (Luke 9:9 NIV)
Jesus was a man who caused a lot of people to take notice. Herod was a man who ran the country and did as he pleased, only to satisfy himself and Rome. Herod heard about Jesus and made an effort to see the man who was doing amazing miracles and teaching profoundly. Herod once was interested in John the Baptist teachings, only killing him to please his daughter as per her mother’s request. He saw something in John that stirred his heart, but his position and pride were more important than his soul. This same Herod, would not meet Jesus until the day he was dragged before him to be crucified. And when he finally got to talk to Jesus, ask him questions, Jesus remained silent. Once again Herod could have saved Jesus, just as he could have saved John, but pride and position played their role. He didn’t find anything worthy of killing him but gave him over to be killed none the less.
Herod’s choices like Ruth’s created a ripple throughout history. How Herod dealt with Jesus was unfair and self-serving, yet where would we be if Jesus had not died? Herod played a role in bringing salvation into the world. Knowingly or not he fulfilled the will of God in sending Jesus to the cross. We have no idea if Herod ever repented of his choices and accepted Christ.
What role are you playing today? Are you being obedient to the mission Jesus has called you to? We make the choice to share our faith, we cannot always see the impact we are making in the world. The story of the man praying in a field, overheard by a young man had no idea that the cry for a man of faith would be within earshot. How could he have known that Billy Graham would rise up obedient to God’s call and touch countless lives? It was his choice and obedience to pray echo the same faith of Ruth. If we want to grow in our all in relationship we need to listen to God’s callings and share our faith. How many lives will be changed because you listened and obeyed?
Father, thank you for examples like Ruth who show us that every choice we make can change history. Thank you for men like Billy Graham who were obedient to your call and impacted a multitude. We pray for the strength to obey your calling in our lives. Help us to recognize that our choices impact each other, and we don’t always see the end result. Use us to reach this world with your love. Give us a renewed vision and hunger for those who need to know you. Grow our all in relationship with you. Amen