Can We Make A Difference

Can you and I have an impact on our culture for Christ?  We all have the desire but many would say, not the opportunity.  Is this really true or can ordinary Christian make a difference?  Consider the following examples.

 [Luke 21:2] Looking up [Jesus] saw the rich people putting their  gifts into the treasury,  and He saw also a poor widow putting in two mites [copper coins].  And He said, Truly I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them;  For they gave out of their abundance – their surplus – but she has contributed out of her lack and her want, putting in all that she had on which to live.

            If we had interviewed this dear old lady and asked her if she felt she was a significant factor in promoting the Kingdom of God, I think that she would have smiled shyly with a surprised look on her face as she contemplated this question.  I would also bet that she would have shrugged her shoulders and said that she was of little use to God, though she obviously loved and trusted Him.  She probably went to her grave without the least idea that she had influenced me and millions of others with her example of faith.  This inconspicuous old lady may have been one of the greatest examples of faith contained in the Bible.

            During the second great awaking of the 19th century, a revival broke out in one section of the United States under the preaching of Charles Finney.  People asked him how he got the revival started and he said that he had not started the revival; he had just help move it along.  This statement generated an informal search of sorts.  Who had started this great moving of the Spirit among the people of this area and resulted in thousands of conversions to Christ?   It certainly wasn’t the pastor, elders or deacons of the churches in that area for they were very lukewarm. 

After searching for some time it was determined an older lady had actually precipitated this revival.  She had been praying for several years that people would get serious about serving God.  She was discouraged by the lack of commitment by other Christians and simply decided to pray for a revival.  Little did she realize the power she released with her humble, and at times, long prayers.  I wonder if she was tempted to think that she was too insignificant to take on a project like this.  She could easily have said that it was the responsibility of the spiritual leaders, but instead this humble old lady contributed to one of the most powerful revivals in American history.  Someday I believe that she will begin to see the significant of her actions.  I can picture a large group of people, in the beauty of heaven, gathering around this lady and standing in line to thank her for the salvation they acquired as the result of her prayers.

My friend, if you think you are too insignificant to have an impact on this world for Christ – think again.  What did these ladies do?  One put in a small amount of money in the temple treasury and the other spent a great deal of time in prayer for the souls of those around her.  It doesn’t take superior gifts to do what they did.  We don’t need a lot of money, a great position, education, wonderful gifts, good looks, intelligence or any of the other things we admire and desire.  We just have to do something in the environment we are currently in, desiring no attention, and dedicating it to the Lord. 

Would you to take a few minutes and ask yourself a question?  Don’t be too quick about answering this question but allow your mind to be cleared of all you current concerns and be very honest with yourself.  What simple action can I take today that will show my love for God and others.  When you decide what this might be, make it a priority to do it today [it doesn’t have to take a lot of time – maybe just a few minutes].

Consider the following Ethiopian Proverb, “If you think you are too small to make a difference you have never spent the night with a mosquito.”