It matters to this one

I was searching google for something today…not even really sure what it was now, but came across an image with a familiar story on it.  It goes something like this:

An old man was walking along the beach one day when out in the distance he could see someone frolicking and dancing, bending this way and that way.  As he got closer, he realized it was a young woman picking up starfish and throwing them back into the surf.  He became curious and asked what she was doing.  She explained,  “the sun is up and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.”  The old man chuckled and said, “don’t you realize there are many miles of beach and thousands of star fish?  You can’t possibly make a difference.”  The young woman listened politely, then bent down and picked up another star fish and threw it into the sea.  “It made a difference to this one.”

It made a difference to this one.  What a powerful statement.  I have read this story before, but today it really made me think of the similarities to what we are called to do as believers.  My church has been on a crazy big push to bring awareness and interest to missions, especially foreign missions targeting un-reached people groups (those that have never heard the gospel message).  According to the Joshua Project nearly 2.1 billion people have never heard of Jesus.  That number is overwhelming.  Just like the story mentioned above, it would be real easy to become discouraged when you read the words of Jesus and think about what he commanded us to do

18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mathew 28:18-20)

Go and get them ALL. Simple instructions.  He said, I have one job for you.  Tell EVERYONE about me.  But then you remember that number.  2.1 billion people who have never heard.  How can I possibly make a dent in that?  What difference does it make?  I am only one person and I can’t possibly reach everyone, or even coordinate an effort to reach them all.  You cannot possibly make a difference…

Remember the words of the young woman above.  Without hesitation, she bent down, picked up another starfish, flung it into the sea and said, “It made a difference for that one”.

We CAN make a difference for every single individual we come in contact with.  We CAN help lead single individuals to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.  We CAN make a difference in the eternal destination of our family, friends, and strangers we meet on the street.  We CAN make a difference in the lives of an un-reached people group.  Jesus only gave us one task.  He could have given us a list of things and set the expectations high, but He only gave us one thing to do.  With a heart full of Christ-like love, go out and tell everyone about me.  Tell everyone what I did because I love them and don’t want them to live an eternity in hell – separated from me forever.

Lord, I know that I complicate things.  I know that I make being a Christian so difficult sometimes.  I make it about all that needs to be done, and how I need to live, when you have called me to make it all about how I share your message.  You are all powerful and all knowing.  You have given us the holy spirit that will surely help with the growing part when someone chooses to accept your salvation.  Help me to remember that I am to model your love and never miss a chance to share your message with those you place in my life.  It matters to EVERYONE that I tell.  – Amen.

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