Saturday, July 18, 2015

When You're Too Small to Make a Difference



You. Reading this.
Have you ever thought about how small you are?

I know I have.

You live in one specific city.  You know a limited number of people out of the world’s approximately seven billion.  You only have a numbered amount of days to do a numbered amount of activities.

You’re small.  I’m small, and this can be daunting, sometimes, as we wonder if our one small life can make a difference.

Discouragement sets in hard.
Should we even try to make a difference?
The answer is yes, and here’s why.


​1. ​ The Big God of the universe loves you and calls you.


This is the epitome of difference making, and we find commands of other hard, difference making actions in the Word.

We, as Christians, are called to be difference makers.  We’re called to model our life after Christ’s (1 Cor. 11:1), and He made the ultimate difference for us; He died on the Christ so that we might have eternal life (Jn. 3:16).
  • Go make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19).
  • Turn from our selfishness, pick up our cross, and follow the King of Kings (Luke 9:23).
  • Love one another, even to the point of laying our lives down for our friends (Jn. 15:12-13).

We are called to be difference makers.
Why then do we so often not make a difference?


2. You are capable of big things through Christ.


We often don’t step out and make a difference because we are holding on to something: discouragement. 

Holding on to this prohibits us from grabbing on to God’s hand as we step out in His plan for us to make a difference.

We need to hold on to hope that we can make a difference, for we can do all things through Christ (Phil. 4:13).

If God is calling us to act, do we not trust that He will provide all we need to do these actions?  Can we not simply be faithful to the call of difference making and trust the results  (whether we deem them “big” or “small”) to Him?

We must boldly hold on to His promises of comfort, strength, and provision as we are faithful to obey the call to be Kingdom difference makers.


3. You're part of a big family.


As we are committed to the call, some days will still bring glaring reminders of our smallness.

Maybe this is actually a good thing.

Yes, we’re small, but our God is big; He’s put us in a global family of brothers and sisters in Christ.

Together, our small existence adds up to a bigger whole.  Our “small” actions of difference making add up to a world that is collectively being impacted.


Don't give up.

You can make a difference, and the thing is: you’re actually called to do so.

You’ve been put in this place and time on purpose (Acts 17:26).  Hold onto the hope in Christ and lose yourself in faithful obedience to His call.  Together, as family, we are impacting the world.


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