In recent days, we have discussed ways we can impact our family and our community, now let’s talk about how we can impact the world.
It can be overwhelming, can’t it? To think of the whole world and all the problems and all the evil. There are a lot of widows and orphans in the world, a lot of slaves, a lot of people who live in spiritual darkness and physical poverty. It’s tempting to give up before we’ve even begun. It seems like such a big job, and I know I’m not up for it.
Now for the good news! I don’t have to do the whole job. I am not even responsible for any results. I only have to be obedient to the things God calls me to. And even then, He’s going to give me everything I need to do what He calls me to. He will provide the resources. He will provide the strength and stamina and know-how. I just need to obey, to step out and follow Him and give from the abundance He showers on me.
I know there is no way I can help every poor child around the world, but I can pack one shoe box for Samaritan’s Purse. I cannot feed every hungry family, but I can buy a fishing kit for one family through World Vision’s gift catalog. I cannot rescue every person caught in slavery today, but I can collect loose change to help rescue one person from slavery and oppression. I cannot translate the Bible into every language on earth, but I can support one missionary with New Tribes Mission or I can even become a missionary with New Tribes Mission.
We can make a difference in individual lives. And when we all make a difference in individual lives, it adds up to quite a lot of impact. Add to that the children we are raising to be difference-makers in their world, because they are learning from us and our example, and God will just multiply and multiply and multiply our tiny acts of obedience. He will take care of the results.