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Marriner’s Moment: Making a Difference – Pt. 4

Making a difference matters. When we hear about the world’s challenges, making a difference can appear to be a lofty and unachievable goal, but it’s not.

For too long, too many of us have ‘played church.’ It’s time now to BE THE CHURCH. We must not just say we love God, but show that we love Him. We can do this in a myriad of ways – supporting and encouraging one another, standing up for what’s right, getting involved in our schools and communities, helping those who are less fortunate, loving those we deem as unlovable. We must pray for ourselves and others, our nation and, yes, even our leaders. There is power in prayer. If we believe that, we must practice it!

Living a godly life is not about preaching to others or trying to convince them to change their ways; it’s about demonstrating – through our actions – the love of Christ, in such a way that others want what we have. None of us is perfect, but as we grow in our relationship with Christ, the transformation that takes place in us, should translate to application. In other words, we must find ways to apply the knowledge that we have about Christ, to real life issues and situations.

We must speak truth to power! We must take up the challenge and charge to make a positive difference in our homes, on our block, and in our churches, community and our country. We must exercise the power of one. In Ezekiel 22:30 God says, “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one” (NLT). God is looking for one who can make his or her mark; who will stand up for righteousness, and who can make a difference. Be the ONE!

Peace and power.

© Dr. Melvin O. Marriner,
Grove Church
March 2017

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