How to Make a Difference
Like a stone thrown into a pond, our lives leave ripples. Our influence can be a great blessing or a curse. I read an obituary which said that a certain man’s defining characteristic was his passion for hunting, fishing, and spending time in the outdoors. Reading it made me squirm. Do I have as much passion for God and making a positive difference through Him as I do for fishing? Our passions identify what is really most important to us. I want to be remembered more for being a Christian than being a fisherman.
Our lives influence others more than we realize. My grandfather died in 1939. I never met him, yet he influenced me. I believe I must keep my promises no matter what it costs me. My grandfather taught my father that value, and he taught it to me. That is a positive value because it reflects God who always keeps His promises.
Our negative behavior also influences others. I once possessed a wallet that had belonged to a deceased relative in western Pennsylvania to whom I am distantly related through marriage. It became mine because at the time of his death none of his immediate family wanted anything that had been his. I suspect that loving his family was not his defining passion.
Although others influence us, we cannot use them as an excuse. The Israelites tried the “It is my daddy’s fault” excuse 2,500 years ago (Jeremiah 31:29-30). God shot it down. We often blame others for our problems. If I could kick in the rear the person responsible for most of mine, I would not be able to sit for a week!
Most moral problems result from putting ourselves rather than God at the center of our lives. God is not the defining passion of most professing Christians. Many church-going folks are apathetic and uncommitted because they have never really repented. They came to Jesus “just as I am” and pretty much remain just as they were.
Repentance includes a different attitude and behavior and commitment to five basics to bless others: believing prayer, being filled with the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, daily obedience, and telling others what Jesus means to us. In other words, we make a difference by living the “normal” Christian life. #freechristianleadershipresources #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources
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