These are people who, in the face of difficulty or disaster, decide with divine determination to make a difference. In modern times we’ve seen Mother Teresa, William Booth (founder of The Salvation Army), Blake Mycoskie of Toms . . . and countless others who see with eyes of faith what others can’t see.
Not every difference maker is known. But each one knows how to make a difference.
I think of Sarge and Linda who live in a home for battered women . . . David who plants churches in remote places of the world . . . and John who provides hungry children with backpacks full of meals. These are life changers who make a difference.
In The Gospel of Mark, the writer mentions four difference makers. These four knew that their paralyzed friend’s life could be changed by Jesus. They placed their friend on a make-shift bed and decided to make a difference. Because of Jesus’ popularity, they couldn’t get into the place where Jesus was ministering. Their decisive faith gave them determination. The “blew the roof off” and lowered their friend to the feet of Jesus. Seeing the faith of the four, Jesus made a difference in their friend’s life. Mark tells us, “He said to the paralytic, ‘I say to you, get up, pick up your pallet and go home.’ And he got up and immediately picked up the pallet and went out in the sight of everyone.” (Mark 2:10-11 NASB)
The faith of four friends initiated a response of awe and amazement. People had never seen anything like it. These four remind us what it takes to make a difference.
Make a Difference With Passion. We love because He first loved us. John writes, “Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.” (1 John 4:11 NLT) Love accepted is love applied. James reminds us ,“If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?” (Jam 2:15-16 ESV).
Living a life of compassion will change lives.
Make a Difference With Purpose. Busting open a roof was not a “guess”, it was a “go”! Wanting to make a difference and making a difference are two different decisions. Dreaming is not the same as doing . . . one is the sizzle, the other the steak. Jesus reminds us that if we put our hand to the plow, we don’t look back. (Luke 9:62). Paul’s commitment was to move ahead and not stay behind. He writes, ” . . . But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13 ESV)
Living a life of commitment will change lives.
Make a defining difference.