Devotional

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” – Hebrews 10:24

In this week’s at the movies film, Creed, we see the difference one person can make in the life off another when he or she is solidly in your corner. I believe every one of us are trying to live lives that will make a difference in the lives of others? Living this kind of life is not about preaching to others or trying to control them. It is about living a godly life as an example to others and a willingness to help others in their spiritual journey.

John Piper said that “people that make a difference in the world are not people who have mastered a lot of things. If you want your life to count, you don’t have to have a high IQ, or good looks or graduate from a prestigious school. You just have to know a few basic, simple, glorious, majestic, obvious, unchanging eternal things and be gripped by them. It is what you are gripped with, or what we care deeply about.”

When we commit to following Christ, we are making a commitment that will influence every part of our life. We are expressing a desire to get to know Jesus and to be gripped by the things that grip Him. But because the journey can sometimes be challenging, having the wisdom and experience of other Christians can make the journey a lot smoother. Christians do need other believers in their corner. God expects believers to grow in their faith and to do so by growing together in God’s Word. We need to have others gripped by the things of God in our corner and we need to help others by being in their corner. And that starts with putting their interests ahead of your own.

Most of us have any number of friends. We have best friends, childhood friends, occasional friends that all have different purposes, expectations and boundaries. The question is this: are we playing a special role in any of these friends lives? Are we making a difference? And lastly, given how significant those relationships are in our lives how effectively do we nurture and grow them? These are the type of friends who are able to drop everything and care for the other’s children during an illness, attend the funeral of the other’s loved one, or plainly bring some sense into the other’s life. This level of friendship is rewarding and usually requires knowing someone for that long to be able to accept and trust guidance at a difficult moment.

Who doesn’t desire this type of deep and lasting friendship? I want it for me and I want it for my friends. That means we have to move past the “hi” and “good to see you” exchanges. We need to look for opportunities to help others.

The change in a person’s life can be a small difference or it could be a large difference, but all that matters is that we be in the grip of Jesus’ while not losing our grip on the real value we can add to other people’s lives. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does it mean to be in someone’s corner? What responsibility comes with being in their corner?
  2. Can you be in someone’s corner and not make a difference?
  3. What can we do this week to make a difference in someone’s life?