Make A Difference

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”

 Romans 12:6-8  

The story goes like this. “There once was a young boy walking along the sea shore one morning as the tide was going out. The boy came across dozens and dozens of star fish that were stranded on the rocks. Not wanting them to perish in the sun he began picking them up one by one and tossing them back into the ocean. There was an elderly man fishing near by who saw what the boy was doing and he turned and yelled to the young lad, “Give it up kid, there are too many. You aren’t going to make a difference.” Undaunted by what the old man had said, the boy reached down and picked up another star fish and showed to the man and said, “I’m making a difference for this one” as he smiled and chucked the star fish into the sea.”

The point is, nobody can serve everybody, but everybody can serve somebody. We do well to remember that God has given each of His children spiritual gifts that when we exercise them, they work for the building up of the body of Christ in love. Which means your life impacts others for God and when you think about it there really is nothing more satisfying in this life than the feeling you get when we serve the Lord by using our gifts to serve others sacrificially.

The apostle Paul uses the human body in 1 Corinthians 12 to help us understand that our lives are signifiant and each of us plays a critical role in the well being of someone else. 1 Corinthians 12:7 tells us, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” Today you can make a difference as you allow the Holy Spirit to make known to you the gifts of God and then you step out in faith to connect with your brothers and sisters in the body of Christ serving the needs of others. Discover your God given spiritual gifts and you’ll soon discover the very reason you were born! Discover your calling and walk in it and watch as your life takes on a whole new meaning and you have a renewed sense of purpose to pull you through each day. Remember, you were made to make a difference!

“but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ-- from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”

Ephesians 4:15-16


Michael Osthimer




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