Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
Does it matter what one person does? Does it matter what “I” do? In America we often find ourselves complaining about many things. We complain about taxes, about the economy, about immorality, about the media, about the homeless, and complain about the schools. We feel that many of the things that we used to hold dear are no longer valued, and we often feel that sense of helplessness that leads to paralyzing inactivity and apathy. “I’m only one person – what can I possibly do? One person can’t possibly make a difference.” Or can I?
In Jeremiah’s day the Prophet was one of the few people left in the nation willing to speak out for the Creator. There were many good people in that land who believed in God, but few were willing rock the boat. It’s always uncomfortable to speak out. You just know that others will dislike you when you speak up. Better to stay quiet and let someone else do it. But Jeremiah spoke out. Even when the local townspeople imprisoned him, Jeremiah continued to speak. In his mind it was better to speak out for the Lord and be imprisoned, than to stay quiet and offend the Savior he loved so much.
What can one person do? Quite a bit, as a matter of fact.
Through one man sin entered into creation, and death came on all (Romans 5:12).
One man, Noah, built a boat, and saved humanity from certain destruction in the flood.
One Moses led Israel from slavery and suffering to the Jordan river.
One shepherd boy, David, stood up for God and defeated Goliath, saving Israel.
One prophet called Elijah stood against the worshipers of Baal, a false religion that practiced child sacrifice.
One woman, Deborah, united Israel and led them to victory when all others predicted defeat.
One prophet, John, cried out “Here is the Lamb of God, One who has come to take away the sin of the world” (John 1:29).
One fisherman called Peter preached to a crowd on a Jewish holiday, and led three thousand to faith in Jesus Christ.
One Paul preached the Gospel of salvation to non-Jewish peoples.
One young lady, Lottie Moon, carried Christ to China, and led thousands to new life in Him.
The Bible says that One perfect Person, Jesus Christ, died on the Cross for you and I.
Whosoever believes in Him will not perish, but shall have everlasting life (John 3:16).
One pebble tossed by one small boy causes ripples that spread across a much larger lake. Can you make a difference? If a small child can make a difference in a big lake, you can make a difference in your world. What can you do? You can begin by asking God to make you into a better, more caring person. Ask Him to enter your life, to lead you – by love – in all that you say and do. Ask God to show you how to love others even if no one will love you back. Love is never love until it is put into action – let others see your love. Stand up in love for your country. Speak out when you see immorality and cruelty. Write your local newspaper, and keep writing. You see, in America your voice and YOUR VOTE matters. Speaking of voting, you can register to vote, and on election day you can stand up for God and VOTE. It saddens me that so few get out and vote! Do you know how many people died to bring us the privilege of voting? Vote!
Band together with other like minded believers and pray for our nation and its leaders. Contribute a small amount of your time and your talent to something and Someone greater than yourself. God never expects one person to accomplish the impossible, but He does ask that you do what YOU can do. When you unite your will with God, then and only then can you see great and mighty things happen in your world. When you are on His side you are never alone. Dwight L. Moody, the great evangelist of yesteryear, said “Small numbers make no difference to God. There is nothing small if God is in it.” Call unto God, then do what you can – it will make a difference!
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