Sometimes I have felt so small in comparison to the things that need to be done. What can I do, I am only one person? How can I make a difference? Is there anything I can do that will change things?
I have asked myself many times, “What on earth could I possibly do that will do anything?” And although we have these questions and sometimes we feel helpless, we are not.
We have more power than we know.
We can change everything, make a difference, and do more than we ever imagined. We can do all things through Christ. With God, all things are possible.
When I think about how God used Rahab in the Bible,
it blows my mind that by her one act of faith,
she saved her entire household,
possessions and all, from destruction.
Rahab was a harlot, a sinful woman, yet her faith changed everything. I want faith like that. I want to trust that when I place my scarlet thread of faith out for God to see that it makes a difference not only in me but everyone around me.
“By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”
– Hebrews 11:31
By faith, you can change things within your house. Without words, you can lead your husband, children, friends, and coworkers to Christ. By your actions of faith, you can change everything. Faith isn’t just something you speak; it is something you live out loud. Rahab stepped out in faith and God brought her through.
“And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.”
– Joshua 6:23
In this passage, we see that because she made a choice to believe her mother, father, brethren and all she had was spared. In James, we see that even she was considered righteous for her act of faith. So no matter what your past, no matter how unworthy you feel, your faith still matters and still makes a difference.
“In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?”
– James 2:25
So ask again if you can do anything. The answer is, ‘YES!’ There is power in even one who believes. I believe through Jesus Christ that our faith can move mountains, lead others to Him, and make a difference. It reminds me of a story I once heard about starfish. Two men were walking along the beach and noticed hundreds of starfish washed ashore. One of the men bent down to throw one of the starfish back into the water and the other said, “You’ll never make a difference, so what’s the use?” The man who threw the one starfish in the ocean said, “It made a difference to that one.” Just like the man who helped the one starfish, you can change the world one person at a time.
No act of kindness, love, or faith is small when in God’s hands. Think of the men and women who have gone before us: Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Theresa, C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, Oswald Chambers, and many more were all imperfect people willing to step out on a ledge to be used by God so that they could not only make a difference, but be the difference.
To make a difference, believe.
To make a difference, pray.
To make a difference, work your faith.
And even if we just help one, isn’t it worth it? My pastor said, “God will use you to make a difference even when you don’t know it.” I choose to believe that. All it takes is an ember to ignite a flame. Be the ember. Be the difference and you will make a difference.