Hope Grows Here
Making a Difference (Hope Grows Here - Week 5)
Can one person really make that big difference
One person can make a difference to God.
So this idea of making a difference to God sounds like an oxymoron,
- creation making a difference to the creator.
- The finite making a difference to the infinite.
- The weak making a difference to the omnipotent.
And yet the scriptures indicate we can make a difference to God.
Jeremiah 5:1 (NRSV) Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look around and take note! Search its squares and see if you can find one person who acts justly and seeks truth— so that I may pardon Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 22:30 (NRSV) 30 And I sought for anyone among them who would repair the wall and stand in the breach before me on behalf of the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.
Isaiah 50:2 (NRSV) 2Why was no one there when I came? Why did no one answer when I called? Is my hand shortened, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver?
God says, “There is nothing wrong with my power. I am not losing strength in the face of evil. Nobody has me tied up. I am fully able to save your marriage, your family, your community, your country. But my power is limited by you. You would rather be sinful than save your city.”
Isaiah 59:15–16 (NRSV) 15. . . The Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no justice. 16He saw that here was no one, and was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm brought him victory, and his righteousness upheld him.
Intercede—(Paga)—to cause to meet
Very literally, an intercessor is . . . A person who causes two others to meet.
Isaiah 53:12 (NRSV) 12. . . yet he bore the sin of many, and made intercession (caused to meet) for the transgressors.
“Salvation never takes place in heaven; salvation can only take place where the problem is . . . God had to become one of us and take into himself our sin and our evil, in order that we might be redeemed. In the broken, bleeding body of our Lord himself, God’s redemptive power and our iniquity came together.” – Dennis Kinlaw
Sacrifice—giving up something we love for something we love even more.
Exodus 32:9–10 (NRSV) 9 The Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. 10 Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.”
Exodus 32:14 (NRSV) 14 And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.
We desire to be the cause for our family, friends and neighbors to meet Jesus.