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How To Be A Difference Maker
How To Be A Difference Maker
Around Christmas time one of the movies on TV is,
"Itís A Wonderful Life", staring Jimmy Stewart. In the movie Jimmy
plays a man named George Bailey. George has big dreams of going to college and
being a world traveler. Instead, he winds up having to take over his fatherís
building and loan, which is more like a charity than a business. George becomes
so disappointed in what he has become that one day he decides to take his own
life. He says, "I wish Iíd never been born". At that moment his
guardian angel Clarence intervenes and shows him what life would have been like
had he never been born. His home town "
This was what Paul wanted for the Philippian Christians. In our text he says that he wants to "rejoice in the day of Christ that he has not run in vain, neither labored in vain". He wants to know that his efforts on them had not been wasted, that they had become difference makers in this world.
Philippians 2:14-16: 14 Do all things without grumbling of disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.
I. THE CONDUCT OF A DIFFERENCE MAKER (14)
Most scholars agree that Paul is drawing a
correlation in these verses between
When we constantly complain, we are saying, "God your provision is not good enough. Your grace is not sufficient.
To overcome complaining we must begin to trust God.
Serenity prayer: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change the things I can. And the wisdom to know the difference."
II. THE CHARACTER OF A DIFFERENCE MAKER (15)
Does character really matter?
If we are going to be difference makers we must
become people of character. Paul says we are to be:
b) Unmistakable---He says, "children of God". We are to be unmistakable children of God. What is it that primarily identifies us as children of God? LOVE. - (John 13:35) "By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another"
III. THE CONTEXT OF A DIFFERENCE MAKER (15):
Where are we to live this life? In the walls of
the church, at youth functions, at church socials. Yes, but not just there.
Paul tells us.
George W. Truett. Wrote a book with a chapter entitled "The Prayer Jesus Refused to Pray". Out of curiosity I read it. It was a reference to the high priestly prayer of Jesus in John 17 where he prayed for us, "I pray not that you would take them out of the world, but that you would keep them from evil."
Church, it is time that we realize why we are here. If our ultimate purpose for being here was to worship God, then God would have immediately transported us to heaven when we were saved because in heaven worship is perfect. If our ultimate purpose for being here were to fellowship with one another, God would have immediately transported us to heaven where we could fellowship for eternity. God has left us here that we might "shine as lights in the world".
The bible never teaches that we are to bring people to church. The bible teaches that we are the church, and we are to take the church to the people.
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