Devotional

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’” – Matthew 25:40. 

If Jesus ever taught us anything, and the truth is He taught us countless things, He taught us that one person can make a difference. His life on earth is the greatest example of that truth we will ever know. We all want to top great things. We all have good intentions; we want to help others. But somewhere along the line, we tend to get caught up in the day-to-day stress of life and those good intentions are just that “good intentions” but nothing is done. When that happens we will never know how much a difference we could have made in people’s lives, because we did not act on the opportunities presented to us.    

In the movie Instant Family, Pete and Ellie had to learn to be parents more quickly than normal. What makes a difference is they took hold of the opportunity presented to foster the three kids. God can use each of us to make a difference in the life of others even when we don’t feel like we are capable. It may be in small ways every day or it may be something monumental.  God can use us to help someone no matter what stage of life we are in or what we are going through if we open our hearts to Him. God created us for a life of service to love others so we must follow His calling.

Today, with the world struggling with a pandemic, there are many people feeling hopeless and desperate. This is the perfect time to show the love of Christ and make a difference to those around us. We should not take lightly our responsibility as Christians during this pandemic.  We must share hope, faith, love, and kindness more than we ever have during a time when many are afraid and losing hope. One small kind gesture could make the difference that a person is needing today. 

And that includes the least powerful and self-sufficient — the orphan. “He ensures that orphans and widows receive justice…” (Deuteronomy 10:18). The Prophets echo the same truth: “…No, in you alone do the orphans find mercy.” (Hosea 14:3). And, again, in the Psalms, “Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families…” (Psalm 68:5-6).

James 1:17 says, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father…” Everything good comes from God. This means when you feel your heart being prompted to do something good for someone—it’s most likely being steered by God. We simply must be a vessel willing and able to be used by God to make a difference no matter how big or small it may be.  Those small differences may be the very thing a person needed just to make it through the day. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. Have other people made a difference in your life? How? 
  1. What can you do this week to make a difference in somebody’s life?