The I in Impact
You want to make a difference. I know you do. So why does it seem like you’re not really making a big enough impact?
Maybe it’s because you’re doing it for the wrong reason.
Typically what we mean by making a difference or impact is how can I make myself known or how will people remember me when I’m gone.
Essentially a self-centered approach to life.
History seems to take note of those things that impacted people. Ideas, civil actions, businesses, inventions, or movements whether they made a positive or negative impact, are remembered because of the impact they had on people.
So what’s your purpose in wanting to make an impact? Is it to promote your name? Or do you want to bring some kind of benefit to families, kids, single mothers, orphans, or those in bondage?
Moreover, I pray that in any effort your goal is to bring the ultimate good to those without knowledge of Christ by reaching them with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Removing the I in Impact
Here are a few verses and steps you can take as you seek to make a real impact in the world.
- As a Christian, your ultimate goal should always be to make Jesus love shine brighter through you and what you do.
- John 3:30 (ESV) He must increase, but I must decrease.
- Unfortunately, it’s easier for us to do things for people because we can get an immediate sense of gratification. You get their approval and it feels good. But Christ-followers should live for the approval of one – God.
- Matthew 6:1 ESV Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
- Ideas, plans, or adventures come to our minds. But sometimes they are birthed out of wrong motives. We can fool people but God knows the truth. So do whatever you do for the right reason.
- Proverbs 21:2 ESV Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.
- Rivalry seems to be a good motivator. Even churches have been started because of it. But Jesus says to start with a better goal in mind. Not rivalry but humility and love. When you humble yourself, it’s easier to put people before yourself. And Jesus says that we should do everything from a position of love for people.
- Philippians 2:3 ESV Do nothing from rivalry or conceit but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.
- You should do everything as if you will have to give an account to God for what you do – because you will. This one might seem like it contradicts what I just said above but it doesn’t. Jesus s trying to tell us that there is a difference between doing it for the approval of people and doing it from a love for people.
- Colossians 3:23 ESV Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men
Go make a real Impact
So go make a real impact or should I say “mpact”. Make your new goal one out of love for people and not self-promotion. Find ways to promote, encourage, lift-up, advise, educate, and empower others. You might get noticed for but do it even if you never get recognized for it.
Because remember, “your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:3-6 (NIV)