“I will not change the world, Jesus will do that. I can, however, change the world for one person… and if one person sees the love of Christ in me, it is worth every minute. In fact, it is worth spending my life for.”
— Katie Davis, author of Kisses from Katie
Everyone wants to make a difference. Everyone wants to leave a legacy, something that they will be remembered by for years to come. But not everyone is willing to make that happen. Sometimes we wait to see who else will go out of their comfort zones to do big, difference-making things. And I’m starting to see that we, as Christians and as a nation, are in desperate need of a change of heart and a change in our outlook on “making a difference.”
So often we comment on how much poverty and heartache and seemingly hopelessness there is in the world. Often we “bless their hearts” and get back to our comfortable American lifestyle. And sometimes, we wish that someone would do something.
But what if that someone was you? And what if you’re waiting to do something really big, when you could make the biggest difference right now with what you have all around you?
In Matthew 25:31-46, we’re given a description of the Judgement Day, when the Son of Man comes in glory to separate all the people on earth. I’m sure we’ve all read this passage dozens of times, praying and hoping that we will be deemed a “sheep” and not a “goat.” But I want you to really pay attention to what Jesus says the sheep did to enter into heaven.
Jesus didn’t say they were missionaries in foreign fields. He didn’t say they adopted a bunch of kids and built dozens of homes for the homeless. He didn’t say they all became world-renowned preachers and teachers of God’s word.
He said they fed their brother that was hungry. They gave a drink to their neighbor who was thirsty. They offered their spare bedroom to a traveler.
These aren’t big things. These aren’t phenomenal deeds that are worthy of a front page article. These are simple acts of kindness.
And you can do that, too.
My family and I lived in Eastern Europe for a couple years while my father preached for the local church there. A lot of Christians thought of this as some “super Christian” deed that we did. I remember several times people would be astounded and remark, “Oh, I could never do that!” This always made me and my family quite uncomfortable. Because everyone can do something. That something might not be taking your family overseas, but it very well could be.
It may be something a bit closer to home, though. Like reading the bedtime story to your little siblings that you promised to read nights ago. Maybe it’s saying sorry to the friend you hurt. Maybe it’s taking on some extra work for a coworker that really needs some encouragement.
God doesn’t rate our kindness. He wants you to do your best right where you are right now. He doesn’t want you to wait around for someone else to do something. Your mission field is all around you. Show Jesus to everyone, everywhere, and you will make a difference.
Want more ideas on how you can make a difference? Check out my book, “Journey to Virtue,” to get inspired!