If a wrecking ball strikes a building, what change will it make? Obviously, there will be a hole in the wall. If the wrecking ball continues, the building will eventually collapse. The reason you use a wrecking ball is to tear down what is old and useless and replace it with something new.
You cannot have an impact on the world without exacting change.
- to come into forcible contact with another object
- to have a strong effect on someone or something
Some changes are easy – you can change your clothes, shoes, etc. Other changes require a lot more time and energy – like changing the immigration laws in the US. Changing a person’s way of thinking may be the most difficult change of all. You can teach and advise, but unless that person embraces your ideas, nothing inside will be any different.
Acts 28:23-24 – ESV
23 When they had appointed a day for him, they came to him at his lodging in greater numbers. From morning till evening he expounded to them, testifying to the kingdom of God and trying to convince them about Jesus both from the Law of Moses and from the Prophets. 24 And some were convinced by what he said, but others disbelieved.
As great a disciple as he was, even Paul struggled to convince others of what he believed to be true. You can’t make another person believe …….. you can only encourage.
You don’t need to blow up a bridge to get attention, but in order to impact the world, there must be obvious, beneficial change. If you want people who are dying of thirst to listen, then first you need to dig wells and provide water. Jesus used this same pattern for ministry – heal the sick and teach. It was wasn’t by accident that he used this method; he realized that people often won’t listen until their deepest needs have been met.
Matthew 14:14 –ESV
14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
James 2:14 – NIV
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them?
Maximum impact = change.
Bring about a vital change in someone’s life and they are more likely to believe that you are serious about what you are preaching. You don’t have to serve in a third world country to make an impact on someone’s life. If you have a coworker who lives nearby, why not carpool? It’s saves money and gives you the opportunity to engage in a deeper relationship. Little changes can create deep impacts too.