What does it take to make a real and lasting difference in this world? I believe that there are three key elements to living a life for Christ that has eternal impact.
1. A love for your Lord and Savior and a desire to bring Him glory.
2. A deep compassion for your fellow man.
3. A willingness to do whatever it takes to fulfill the callings that you discover as the Lord leads you in using the abilities and resources that He has given to you.
I believe that these three factors are most important for several reasons. First, in order for what we do and say as we live to have a lasting (eternal) impact, there must be a spiritual element involved. In other words, the task must be something which we believe to be our calling at that moment; and, we must have a strong desire to glorify the Lord in doing what He has called us to do. Whether our calling is teaching a Sunday School class, building or repairing structures on a mission trip, responding with kindness to people who come across your path, being the most effective worker you can be at your job, preparing a meal, helping someone directly, or singing in the choir, all that we do is important when we do it as to the Lord and not unto men. It we are not relating, serving, and working to glorify the Lord, then our lesser motivation will limit the effectiveness of our endeavors. Living to bring glory to God is true, lifestyle worship, and it is our purpose for being. (Romans 12:1 & 2)
Secondly, another key element of our motivation should be our love and concern for others, which flows out of our relationship with the Lord. People can tell when we really care about them. Any deeds or words that are accompanied by compassion will be used by the Lord to make an impact far greater than physical help or an emotional lift alone could make apart from that God-given compassion. What we are able to share becomes a far greater message that speaks to the hearts of people. The message given by acts or words of compassion accompanied by the Love of God is that we care and love people because God cares and loves them. This lets people know that God has initiated a response to their need because He loves them and has sent an instrument of caring to them in order to demonstrate His love.
Finally, our most excellent effort is called for in whatever we are doing. When we live our lives to glorify the Lord, it becomes our desire to really make our lives count for His Kingdom. However, we must remember that our job is to do our best with God’s help. He will take our efforts, indwell them with His own Spirit at work in the world, amd multiply what we are able to do or say in ways we may not expect or ever know about while on the earth. We are not responsible for the results. We are responsible for our love for God, our response to Jesus (repentence leading to salvation), our attitude and our growth, and giving our best. He will take all that each of us have to give and use it to accomplish His purpose in our lives and the lives of others.
So, don’t worry about which gifts you have or wish you had or about what the results of your efforts will be. Those things are all in God’s hands, Whatever your circumstances, you have a LOT to give! Your heart, your life, your compassion, your willingness, your obedience, your encouragement, your prayers, your hopes, and your efforts to allow God to work in and through your life are the best and most important ways that you have a lot to give to make a difference in this world. Everyone can give these things! From a prison cell, a hospital bed, a home full of pre-schoolers, a teacher’s desk, a business, a career position, and from every life circumstance, these gifts can flow! You have a lot to give! Blessings and encouragement to you as you do just that!
– post written by Cynthia A. Boyd