“Who am I that I can make a difference?” This is the question many Christians ask all too often during their lifetime. What impact can a single act have on the rest of the world?
There’s an old story about the man walking along the shore of the sea when he comes upon a stranded starfish about a dozen steps from the water’s edge. The man stoops, picks up the starfish and hurls him into the sea as far as he can throw.
An observer comes up to the man and asks why he just did what he did. The man replies that he is trying to save the starfish population.
“With so many starfish being washed up and dying every single day, how can throwing one back into the water make any difference?”
The man replied with a knowing smile. “It makes all the difference in the world to the ones who get thrown back.”
In like manner, we may be called to make a difference in the life of a single person. If we choose not to respond to the call, the person may be lost forever. Paul put it this way in Philippians 2:15:
“…so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.”
Shine like stars in the universe—that’s your calling! Pretty awesome, huh? We are to be the light on the hill that serves as a beacon pointing the way to Christ. It’s not just through what we say, but also how we live our lives. God wants us to so order our lives that those around us will take notice and want to live like us.
God did not give us salvation just for the sake of being saved; He chose to save us so we could be His witnesses to others. We are needed in the Lord’s army if the Gospel is to reach the far corners of the world.
It is said, God doesn’t want any to be lost, but all to come to repentance. That means there’s a big job out there waiting for us to do.
In the book of Ezekiel, God tells us that if we don’t warn others of their wickedness and they die in their sins, their blood will be upon us. But if we warn and they still die in their sins, their blood will be upon themselves. It’s time we get to work and accomplish what we were created to do.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl… Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
You can make a difference. Just let your light shine like a star in the universe.