Can one person really make a difference? Think about that for a moment. Ponder it, and let it sink in. So, what do you think? I think most people will say yes, one person can make a difference. We have so many people throughout history who have proven this point. Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa and Billy Graham are just a few big names most of us know. But, we all have people who have made a huge difference in our lives, that nobody else really knows about, except us. They are our one.
Since we all know one person can make a difference, it should make us think a little bit about our lives. To be honest, it should change the way we live and force us all to refocus our priorities here on earth. So, how does it change the way you live? Be honest. Did you think in the back of your mind “I can’t be that person?” Often, we think, about “the one” yet fail to see ourselves in the same context. We each have the ability to make a difference in the lives of those around us.
As the Apostle Paul was writing to a group of Christians in Corinth, an ancient city in the Roman Empire, he was trying to communicate this central truth to them some two thousand years ago. Paul says this:
Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. 2 Corinthians 3:3
So….written with the Spirit on flesh?!? You’re scratching your head at this, but it is essential that we hear what Paul is teaching. We may be the only Christian someone knows and will ever know. Let me put it another way– we may be the only link to Jesus to those around us. This is a big responsibility that can seem overwhelming at times. I mean, what if we make a mistake? It could happen. Don’t let that thought hinder you from trying to reach someone. Most people will not focus on your one or two mistakes, but they will notice how you live your life which is most telling of your character and faith.
This is an immense responsibility, yet full of opportunity to be a blessing to others –to be that one person in someone else’s life. The impact we make today could leave a legacy of blessings in the future. That’s where our focus should be – the opportunity that God is giving each of us to play a role in someone else’s story. We can make a difference and we can be “the one.”
Submitted by Andy Mannes, Youth Pastor of Asbury Church