Many people, including Christians, seem to think they cannot make a difference in the world.
They wring their hands when they hear about all the bad things in the world, thinking there is nothing they can do. There is a lot the children of God can do; their influence is something that cannot be overestimated.
Christians are to go into the world and teach individuals about the Lord. One way we do this is by realizing that the things we do have a positive or negative effect on those around us.
Jesus put it this way: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
If Christians forget this lesson, the difference made will not be for good. Their light needs to shine brightly in every area of life.
Christians spend countless hours at their jobs, and that is how a Christian is supposed to be — a hard worker giving their best for their employer. Yet the question must be asked, “Do they work as hard to have a positive effect on the work of God as they do to have a positive effect at secular positions?”
How many hours are willingly given in service to God? How much sweat falls to the ground while doing the Lord’s work? Is God’s way promoted as much as business?
Paul told the elders from Ephesus, “And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you and have taught you publicly, and from house to house” (Acts 20:20). Notice his words, “… but have showed you.”
Not only did he teach them, but he showed them things that were spiritually profitable for them. Christians can affect those around them by showing Christ in their lives wherever they are.
People’s ideas about God are influenced by the way Christians speak and act.
James wrote, “For in many things, we offend all. If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man and able also to bridle the whole body … Even so, the tongue is a little member and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. So is the tongue among our members that it defileth the whole body and setteth on fire the course of nature, and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beast, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind. But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (James 3:2-8).
The effect a cursing Christian has on the work is devastating. How can one who is trying to convert souls to Christ do so if they have destroyed their influence with their words? “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be” (James 3:10).
Christians need to spend time thinking about and acting upon our thoughts, as to how to have a positive effect on the work of God. This nation once again needs to be known for its stance for God.
Christians can make a difference, if they will remember who they are.