How does your spiritual life affect those around you? It may have more impact than you might think. This week, we heard Brad unpack the story of Jonah. When Jonah was tasked to go preach to Ninevah, Jonah was less than pleased. Not only did he disagree with it, he flat out told God “No!” and ran the other direction. He hired a ship to sail to Tarshish. Just when Jonah was on the open sea and he thought he was a free man, what happened?
Jonah 1:4,5 “Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up. 5 All the sailors were afraid and each cried out to his own god. And they threw the cargo into the sea to lighten the ship.”
The mariners were afraid for their lives! They didn’t want to get caught up in this storm! It was Jonah’s choice to run from God. It was Jonah’s choice to disobey. It was Jonah’s choice to depend upon his own wisdom. It was Jonah’s choice to turn his back on the One who gives strength. It was all Jonah’s choice. But the fact remains that his choices and his relationship with God affected other people around him.
No man or woman is an island. As much as we like to think that our choices exist in a vacuum, they do not. Bottom line – your relationship with God affects those around you. A strong relationship with God can “…encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Let me ask you a question: Are you happy with the spiritual climate in your home? Is it a raging storm like the one we see in Jonah chapter 1? Is it a placid beachfront? Or is it somewhere in between? Every home has a different spiritual climate, but one fact remains across all homes – your home’s spiritual climate can change.
Is your home in need of some climate change today? Only you and God know that. I challenge you to assess your devotional and prayer life. When the spirit comes in to change your life, it can’t help but impact your family, church, and community.
If your home is need of some climate change, run to God – don’t run from Him. If your home’s climate is where it needs to be, stay with Him and never leave His side.
James 4:8 “Come near to God and He will come near to you.” Test God in this. You and God together can shape the spiritual climate within your home and make your home a lighthouse in the midst of a storm-wrought world.