Axiom #2: “Make a Difference”
One of the things Jesus asked us to do in this world is ‘Make a Difference’. He said, “It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:26-28.
Jesus set the example by serving to the point of death, death on a cross so that His life made an eternal difference in our lives. If we repent from our sins and confess the name of Jesus, His life becomes a ransom for our life. We will no longer pay the penalty for our sins, but will have the free gift of salvation by faith in Christ.
What a difference!
In Matthew 25, Jesus tells us to feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, host a stranger, clothe the naked and tend to the sick and imprisoned. In other words, make a difference in the lives of those in need.
When it comes to missions, there is a tendency to become overwhelmed and immobilized by the enormity of the challenge. There are so many who need food, water, hospitality, clothing and healing. There are so many who need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Where do we start and what can we do to make a difference?
Here are two things to remember whenever we feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the needs.
First of all, “We cannot make a difference everywhere, but we can make a difference somewhere”. Ask the Lord where you can make a difference. Some have gone to Mississippi, others to Oklahoma City, East Asia, Japan, Mexico, Thailand, Malawi or Costa Rica. In each place, they have made a difference in the lives of others.
Secondly, “We cannot make a difference with everyone, but we can make a difference with someone”. Often times, in the earthly ministry of Jesus, He ministered to one person at a time. One man received sight, one woman stopped hemorrhaging, one child came back from the dead and one paralytic could walk. We sometimes get enamored with the feeding of the five thousand and forget the times when Jesus made a difference in the life of just one.
So ask the Lord how you can ‘Make a Difference’ somewhere and with someone.
Something to think about…