Works, An Example

Acts 9:36-42 (36)

As the old story goes, a wood cutter became very angry because his wife failed to put salt in his morning porridge. After a heated argument he went to work in a foul mood. Still infuriated he lashed out at a tree with such force that his axe head flew off. At just that time his employer’s favorite horse was being led to the blacksmith’s shop. The axe head struck and injured the horse. This was doubly tragic for his employer was an important nobleman and was planning to ride this horse to a meeting of the lords to discuss their differences with the King. The nobleman upon finding out about his injured horse angrily went to the meeting where he successfully argued for an uprising against the King. The rebellion developed quickly, many were killed and the land suffered from poverty and famine.

Why did all of this take place? Because a wood cutter’s wife failed to salt her husband’s porridge. Although this story could be used to illustrate various things it does emphasize that little things can have a widespread effect. The effect can be good or bad, positive or negative. Have you ever thrown rocks into a pond? Did you notice the ripple effect? Your good works have an effect on someone, somewhere.

You are God’s hands and feet. What are you doing for Him?

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