How to make a difference …

Making a difference isn’t measured by how bright the spotlight is that shines on you, the size of the plaque commemorating your good deeds, or the number of fans you attract. To make a difference in the lives of people and in this broken world, you have to die to self first.

Wesleyan Methodist missionary, James Calvert, committed his life to reaching the indigenous peoples of the Figi Islands. It is reported that upon his voyage, the ship’s captain warned him to turn back, saying, “You will lose your life and the lives of those with you if you go among such savages.”

To that, Calvert responded, “We died before we came here.”

“Then he said to the crowd, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it,” Like 9:23-24.

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me,” Galatians 2:20.

Are you still trying to hang onto your life? Or have you given up your life to Christ so that He lives in and through you?