It’s probably safe to say that we all want to make a difference. To some degree, we all long to be world-changers. We desire to make a positive, and lasting, IMPACT.
To this end, we work hard. We study hard. We save money. We donate money. We volunteer…and the list goes on.
What I’ve found is the IMPACT that I bring about is hugely varied, and usually short-lived. Wouldn’t it be great to have some assurance that our efforts will produce enduring results?
The New Testament gives us this assurance. Jesus gives us this assurance when He says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit” (John 15:5).
Translation: The IMPACT we make corresponds with our proximity to Jesus Christ.
I have to avoid the temptation to leap into action apart from enlisting Divine strength. If I seek to make a difference merely by my own efforts, the IMPACT I make will be diminished, and will be effectual for this world only. Thankfully, Jesus presents us with a way to make an IMPACT that ripples into eternity. That’s what I want!
So how do we get that proximity to God? How do we even approach Him? And what role does the local church play in our making an IMPACT?
Looking at Hebrews 10:19-25, I addressed these questions this past Sunday in a message delivered at St. Giles Kingsway and The Well. I encourage you to have a listen. As always, comments/feedback are welcome and greatly appreciated.