What difference can I make?

Written by Thomas Manning

In a world of billions of people, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the idea of changing the world. We all want to see change happen, and often times we look to our leaders, our government, or others to make change happen. And yet when you look at the scriptures, you can see that God is calling each and every one of us to be world changers.

God’s power is limitless, and as creator of the universe there’s literally nothing He can’t do. And yet through the Bible we see when God uses His power in miraculous ways, it’s through someone. Nations would have starved and died off if not for God using Joseph to interpret dreams. The Israelites would have been enslaved forever if it wasn’t for God working through Moses. And King David, a man after God’s own heart, wouldn’t be a king at all if he didn’t answer God’s call.

What this all amounts to, is the number one. Changing the world ONE life at a time, and it always starts with just ONE of us. Are you the one? I can answer that for you – yes! You are chosen by God to encourage and influence. You can change the world. You can change someone’s world.

“I don’t have enough money to give,” some of us might say. “I don’t have time to serve. I’m not comfortable sharing my faith,” are other barriers we face. And more. But I want to encourage you with a story out of the gospels, a story of one who made an impact to thousands, and he isn’t even named.

In the gospel of John, chapter six, it says this – One of His(Jesus’) disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish. But what difference will these make among so many?” (v. 8-9)

Notice that even the disciples questioned how they could make a difference when faced with having to feed thousands of men, women, and children. Yet here comes this boy, someone who isn’t mentioned again – he could have easily made the decision to keep the food, or share it with his close friends and family. Yet he surrendered his food to Jesus, depending on Him to provide.

The text goes on – Then Jesus took the loaves and the fish, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. And when everyone was full, He said to His disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten. (v. 11-13)

Here’s my question for us to reflect on: Are we looking at our present set of circumstances from our own, limited viewpoint? Or are we looking at them from the limitless, all-powerful and all-knowing viewpoint of God? If one small boy can impact thousands through Jesus Christ, what is our potential through Him?

Imagine a set of dominoes, hundreds of them set up, ready to be knocked over. It only takes ONE domino to influence the rest of them, and someone has to push that piece over. God is ready and waiting to push you forward! He is ready to see you, as one person, make an impact!  God is powerful! God is expansive! God is trusting each and every one of us with His world and people.

Whether you’re the one who changes the world for thousands, or you’re the one who changes the world for just one person, you can make a difference. God created you, and He is calling you to be a part of His plan to bring the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth, as it is in Heaven! Here at Allison Park Church, our goal is to “change the world, one life at a time.” It all starts with one. Let’s go change the world!

Thomas Manning serves as the Ambridge Campus Pastor and is a graduate of the Northeast Ministry School. Thomas and his wife, Cece, have been married for eight years and have three young boys.