Romans 5:15 says, “But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.”
This verse makes it very clear that the obedience or disobedience of just one person can have incredible impact. Adam impacted all of creation by his actions. Praise God! Jesus did too!
We know we will never have the kind of influence that either Adam or Jesus did but we still have the opportunity to make a difference. We can make a difference in the small corner of the world where God chose to place us. He equipped each of us with talents and character traits that make us just the right person to reach those He places in our path.
We can make a difference in our families, our neighborhoods and our workplaces. We can make a difference at the library, in the grocery store or at the doctor’s office. It’s up to us to look for opportunities to impact the world around us for God.
For me all it took was a decision to move my deck chairs to the front yard.
I grew up in a neighborhood where people sat on their front porches and not secluded in their own backyards as is common today. The neighbors all knew each other and on warm summer evenings they visited with each other on their porches. I have wonderful memories of those neighborly relationships.
When we made the decision to move our chairs to the front yard we got some strange looks. But an amazing thing began to happen. Our neighbors started stopping by for a chat. They didn’t always stay long but they keep coming back. We were the only ones in the neighborhood who sat out front and we began to build relationships with our neighbors by this simple act. We just might be the ones who will make a difference.
Ask God where you can make a difference…because it only takes one.