No, you cannot do what you want for the simple reason that the consequences are not isolated to you but also are transferred to the sphere of influence. The larger the latter, the wider the radius of affected people to the action committed.

Lemme explains this using history because you know, history is that teacher we never listen to, right? In June 1914, a Serbian terrorist called Gavrilo Princip assassinates the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary. This started a chain of events that went so fast and so bad that it led to the world’s first World War!

Listen, Gavrilo Princip to himself managed a fit as a single person that few would believe if they were told before it happened. One man caused the world to go through a world war that gave birth to a second world war that led to a cold war that claimed millions of lives. I bet in his wildest dreams he never saw this.

Okay, I know that maybe there are a whole lot of factors that led to this war and so many other subsequent atrocities but let us not lose the point here. The action of a single person can contribute to so much that the person even anticipated.

One last example, Jesus Christ, a recorded and recognized figure in history. The Nazarene was born in a manger from a miraculous birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:18, Luke 1:26-31) and unbeknownst to the majority, a quiet but glorious event was happening near them. Only a handful witnessed this glorious scene.

Regardless of this, Jesus Christ once in His ministry attracted thousands to Him and His teachings traveled beyond the Palestinian region and reached the regions of Tyre and Sidon (Luke 6:17). After His death, resurrection, and finally His ascension to heaven, His words were fast spreading to almost all the Mesopotamian regions and beyond. A movement was created and in Antioch, the word “Christian” was used to describe the followers of Christ (Acts 11:26). Now those who ascribe themselves to Christianity number in the billions all over the Globe. The one Man whose actions influenced so many others but this time for good.

If we are to get anything from these examples is that we are free to choose the course of our lives but know this, your actions affect others.

Finally, we would be wise if we followed the Savior of humanity and say, “For I have come down from heaven not to do My will but to do the will of Him who sent Me.” John 6:38 NIV. Only this course of action is the safest possible. Since only God sees all the variables that we cannot perceive.

 

Verse to reflect on:

15 And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:15 NIV.

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