I recently experienced a good example of what we talked about inÂ yesterdayâ€™s devotion; namely, cutting the world down to our size. FollowingÂ a recent sermon I preached against abortion, two women shared storiesÂ with me about how they had personally intervened to prevent a threatenedÂ abortion in their immediate families. Afterward, these two women sharedÂ how they had raised or helped to raise the saved child, who today is living aÂ life that is both honoring to Christ and glorifying to God.
The truth is; neither of these two ladies could have prevented the millions ofÂ abortions that have been performed in our world. What they could do andÂ did, however, was step in and prevent an abortion from being performed inÂ their own personal world. Likewise, you and I cannot stop worldwideÂ abortions. What we can do, however, is attempt to save children fromÂ abortions in our own personal world, as well as personally do whatever itÂ takes afterward to help raise these saved children into Christian adults whoÂ will live Christian lives that are glorifying to God.
Too often today Christians get caught up in some grandiose scheme toÂ change the whole world. Unfortunately, by doing so, we overlook the realÂ potential God has afforded us to personally make some change in theÂ world. We often make the tragic mistake of overlooking the earthlings GodÂ could use us to change by straining to see a way to change the wholeÂ earth.
In order for the church of Jesus Christ to change the world, each ChristianÂ must focus on the little change in the world Christ can use him/her to make.Â If each Christian did this, then, and only then, could Christ use us all toÂ change the world Himself. On the other hand, as long as weâ€™re trying to doÂ by ourselves what only Christ can do through us, all the world will never beÂ changed.
An old man noticed a small boy walking along the seashore one morningÂ throwing starfish back into the sea. Hundreds of starfish had been washedÂ up on the shore by a storm the night before. The man approached the boyÂ and asked what good he thought he was really doing since there was noÂ way in the world he could possibly save all the starfish that had washed upÂ on the shore. In response, while picking up another starfish and throwing itÂ back into the sea, the boy said, â€œI just made all the difference in the world toÂ that one right there.â€
The question for you to ask yourself is not how you can win the world toÂ Christ. Obviously, you canâ€™t. The question for you to ask yourself is who inÂ your personal world could Christ use you to win to Himself. Stop looking forÂ a way to make a difference in the whole wide world and start looking forÂ people in your daily life for whom Christ could use you to make all theÂ difference in the world.