7,631,124,617. That was the population of the world at the moment I began writing this blog. Let’s be honest, we live in a big world! There are many people in our world in need of help. There are many in need of prayer. And there are many in need of Jesus. When we think about the magnitude of the need, it can be overwhelming. How do we make a difference when there are so many in need? I think the answer is simple: One at a time.
Sometimes when we look at the needs of the world around us, it can be discouraging. How could we ever make a dent? Where do we even begin? I can almost hear the enemy whispering in our ear “There are too many. The need is too great. Do you really thing YOU can make a difference?” To which God responds “Absolutely!” And the way we do that is one at a time. I heard someone say recently “do for the one what you wish you could do for all.”
There are a lot of hungry people in the world, and neither you nor I could feed them all. But we can feed one; one person, one family. There are many people in the world who struggle with poverty or homelessness. We can’t help them all. But we can help one. And there are many people all around us who do not yet know Jesus, or who have fallen away from their faith. There isn’t any one of us who can reach them all. But we can reach one.
The way we make a difference in the world is one at a time. Over time, after one has come to Christ, we can reach one more. And one at a time, over the course of a lifetime, we can reach many. And if each of us does what we can, reaching just one at a time, collectively we can reach thousands through Rock Church alone. And what is great is that each one that we reach can go one to reach one themselves, and then two, and then many over a lifetime. So there is a ripple effect that can have a greater impact than we could ever imagine.
I believe every one of us can make a significant difference in the world. We do that one at a time. When we help one neighbor in need, when we feed one hungry child, when we share Jesus with one lost soul, we are changing the world. We are having an impact. We are making a difference. Don’t ever let the magnitude of the need discourage you. Just dig in. Start somewhere. Make a difference, one life at a time.