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On my way to vote today, I thought a lot about when I was a kid, as I wanted to be President of the United States. I thought that the President was the only person who could really make change in the world. As I grew older, that changed but the idea that I had to be in public office or a position of power didn’t. While it’s slowly changing in my view, the world still puts a lot of importance on those who are famous or in positions of power.
There are so many other places that God puts us that we can have a dramatic change on the world. It may be a small breeze compared to a hurricane, but it does change the world. Think about this. How much time and effort do we put into who will be the next President of the United States? What about who will be the teacher who will help your child read, the librarian who will help you get the resources and information you need? What about the social worker who will give unselfishly of their time and energy making sure you and yours have what you need? These are just a few examples and I could share many other occupations where the person makes a difference. In the long run, it’s not necessarily the position but the person in it. While the President has a lot of positional power, how much power does God give you to change the world?
Jesus took 12 nobodies and made them into his disciples who then went out to change the world. David was the youngest son of a farmer and a Shepard and went on to be a legendary king. We don’t need to be put into positions of power to start making change. It’s not where we came from, but who we are. The reason for that is we have Jesus! We can do all things through him. He told us to go out in the world and proclaim the gospel. He also said that we need to let our light shine before others. That light is from Christ.
It’s hard to think about changing the world without being President, preacher, or another position of power. We don’t need the position if we have the power from Christ. It starts with loving God and loving people. Continues with with following the Word of God and living like he commands. It concludes when we join him after sharing the Gospel of Christ.
There are time when I still think about running for office again and maybe I will. I don’t know if I will, but I do know that it’s not me who is planting seeds and making a change in the world but Christ. I just need to listen, do what he wants, and get out of the way. He will make it happen.
Are you feeling you aren’t making a difference in the world? Is it because of your position? Talk to God about it. You may be surprised to know you are in the right position to make a change that will have impacts beyond your dreams. While, you may not be around to see it, but what starts with you can be what continues to advance God’s plan. You just need to have faith.
Lord Jesus, let us be your eyes, hands, and ears. Help us to make the change in the world that you want us to be. Calm our hearts and minds. Help us to see that it’s not the position we have, but how we use it and how we live according to your word. Let us be your servants and be a force of positive change. In your name, Amen.