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Make A Difference!
One single person can make a difference!
Never doubt that!
One person can make an impact.
Three separate events, yet a common thread is woven through them all.
- The phone rings. Your husband is calling to say,
- "Don't cook. I'm going to take you out for dinner."
- In the hospital your loved one recovers from a life-threatening, pneumonia.
- You flip a switch and a light comes on and lights up a dark room
chasing away your child's night-time fears.
Each is the result of one person making a difference.
Scientists are not the only ones who can make the world a better place.
- Alexander Graham Bell made possible that phone call.
- Alexander Fleming developed the cure for your loved one's recovery.
- Thomas Edison invented the light bulb illuminating your child's room.
You, too, can make a difference in the lives of those around you.
God can use you with the abilities He has already given you to make a difference.
- You can be the one who brings people together.
- You can be the one who brings encouragement to the discouraged.
- You can be the one who shines the light of truth that brings light to those in the darkness of doubt and fear.
With His help, you can make a difference.
There is a roll call in Hebrews 11 of men and women who made a difference: Abel...Enoch...Noah...Abraham...Isaac...Jacob...Joseph...Moses...and the list continues until this day.
You can add your name to that list.
You can make a difference!
God asks something great of every one of us.
But something great!
- Not something easy.
- Not something that comes naturally.
- Not something that will cost us nothing.
Then, we can also join that great roll call of those who have made a difference!
The years ahead of us will become increasingly difficult years in which to minister.
You can count on it!
We will face temptations like never before.
When those times hit us and we feel like giving up -- look to God's Word!
- In the exhausted heat of the battle, it is easy to forget that our God will fight for us.
- Under the cynical eye of critics and of those who disregard God, it is easy to throw a pity-party
and cry out with Elijah, "I, alone am left."
Look with me at Hebrews 11:23-27:
"By faith, Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents,
because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's edict." (Verse 23)
It is so easy to be afraid of the people around us.
We are so intimidated by what others will think of us, and what they will say to us, and what they will do to us.
And, often, what we think they might think, say or do -- they might not.
When we do this, we ascribe mythical, superpowers to them which they do not have.
They are merely humans, like us, with their own weaknesses and failures.
Moses' parents took the first steps in instilling greatness in their son by modeling courage before him.
This is a trait that would come to shape Moses' own life.
" By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
Choosing rather to endure affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt: for he had respect
unto the recompence of the reward.
By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing Him who is invisible.
Those last few words hold the key to greatness.
Those last few words tell us how we can make a difference.
Here is the key -- his eyes were on God.
This is how he was able to endure.
Moses had staying power.
He kept his eyes on the goal, and not on the obstacles.
He made a difference!
He made a difference because he fixed his eyes on His invisible Lord!
Every one of us can make a difference!
Whatever it is you are facing - stand strong!
Walk in quiet confidence, not in veiled pride.
Be firm without being untouchable and stubborn.
Be enduring, but not discourteous.
Be full of truth, balanced well with grace.
If you keep your eyes on Jesus, you can make a difference!
Dear Father, Make me to be an empty vessel that needs to be filled.
My Lord, fill it.
I am weak in faith; strengthen me.
I am lacking in love that I should be expressing to others; warm my heart with Thy love
so my love will reach out to others.
O, dear Father, enable me to make a difference for You in my life and in my world!
Sermon by Dr. Harold L. White
You can email Dr. White at firstname.lastname@example.org.