God has equipped every person to be used by Him to make a difference. You can make a positive difference in the world, no matter what you’ve done in the past or what people have said about you or what your level of faith is. God has given you talents and abilities as gifts to bless other people. As the God of second chances, your heavenly Father wants to partner with you to show His grace, acceptance and kindness to this hurting world.
Ephesians 5:15-16 says that God is calling you to maximize opportunities to make a difference as wisely as possible for good.
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
But what does it mean to make a difference? One definition is when people around you experience something good, including:
That’s making a difference, and you can do it one person at a time.
However, we can disqualify ourselves by believing lies, such as:
- “I don’t have anything to offer.”
- “I’ve made too many mistakes.”
- “I’m too busy.”
Happily, the Bible tells us something different. You have more than you know to offer. Your smile and handshake are gifts from God. The Holy Spirit will deliver His grace to other people through you. You are part of God’s purpose and plan for humanity. By making a difference, you are part of the renewal that refreshes you as well as others. You can make a difference for eternity for the glory of God.
Moreover, it’s awesome news that your sin is not bigger than the Cross. The Cross where Jesus died cancelled out your sins in the spiritual realm. God does not take your gifts and talents away because of past sin. The Bible says that God is faithful and just to forgive you of your sins when you repent. Let God cleanse you. You can move forward without worry. Everything is changed because Jesus died for you, empowering you, according to the Word of God.
You can pray: “Lord, thank You for giving me another chance. I receive Your grace. Use me to make a difference in other people’s lives. I may not feel capable but I trust You, Lord, to express Your goodness through me. In Jesus name. Amen.”