All of us matter and what is within us is what changes the world. Last weekend, during the sermon message at the church I attend, we saw a short video about making a difference called the “Starfish Story”. The short movie was about a man who sees a young boy throwing starfish back into the ocean. They had been washed ashore and would die if not returned to the water. Then the man tells the youth that the beaches were full of starfish and that he couldn’t possibly make a difference. The youth bent down and threw another one into the ocean and said, “I made a difference for that one”.
It’s the same with how we can make a difference in the lives of people. It may seem hopeless but one act of kindness, one encouraging statement, or one smile can make a difference. It may be to a family member, a friend, or a co-worker, or even an unfamiliar face. Just like the boy with the starfish, our attention to helping one person at a time makes a significant difference.
Last Sunday at the church I attend, the message was titled “Life with God”. Pastor Steve brought the message to us with some great points in bold print below. In blue print below each point are some notes and thoughts written after listening or reflecting on the message.
Jesus Called People to Master Servant hood
God is always present to provide the power when we serve others. Jesus was brought up in a troubled time when they were under Roman rule. His parents didn’t have much yet as Philip says in John 1:45, Jesus became the very person Moses and the Prophets wrote about.
Servant hood Leads to Greatness in Living
There may not be a lot of fame or riches that come with being a servant, but in God’s eyes there is greatness which is rewarded in eternal riches with Him.
Serving Builds a Life with God in a Community
While on earth, Jesus performed many miracles and served those in need. In John 9:5, He described himself as the “Light of the World”. In Matthew 5:13-14, Jesus taught His followers that they are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Jesus started a movement that changed everything because everyone who believes is empowered to serve.
This Community Redefines Greatness
John the Baptist says in John 3:26, “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.” Things changed when Jesus came and He redefined greatness. In our own communities, the message should not be about us but who Christ is. If we can get the message out that being a servant like Jesus is greatness, then we are fulfilling our purpose.
Our Example Came as One Who Serves
Jesus came as the one who serves as explained to us in Luke 22:27. A new plan to greatness was set before us and it is a plan that matters as the universal church makes a difference one person at a time; working together to shine the light.
This weekend, the message will be “The Divine God”. If you are not able to attend your local church service (traveling, health condition, weather, etc), I invite you to this link of the podcast where you can listen or watch each sermon message.
Have a wonderful weekend!