A prominent political figure recently asked, “What difference does it make?” I am not going to get political here, but her question got me thinking in a spiritual direction. What difference does Christ make? How are you different because of knowing Jesus?
The pastoral staff of my church is preaching this month on Colossians. This little letter written by Paul talks about how Christ is central to the things that happen in our lives. A catch phrase they used is Nothing + Jesus = Everything and Everything – Jesus = Nothing. It might be a catch phrase, but it resonates with me.
We don’t always live like Jesus is central to our lives, do we? Sometimes the moment comes: we have the opportunity to trust Him in a real way in our lives. We can see the next step in our faith, but do we take that step?
Even though I have been afraid to step out in faith sometimes, I know that I am different because of knowing Jesus and having a relationship with Him. When worries begin to paralyze me or the world crowds in with all its (perceived) glamor and greed, I have somewhere to turn. When other people let me down, when Murphy’s Law* governs my day, I know that I have a hope that will never disappoint me. When things seem too difficult and the road seems blocked, I can remember that far beyond what I can see and feel is another reality governed by Someone who cares about me more than I ever though possible, more than I can even know.
In Philippians 1:6, Paul says that we can be confident that “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
And in Ephesians 3:20, we are told that God is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.”
In my life, evidence is mounting that Jesus does make a great difference in every way. As I learn to listen to the still small voice within me, I sense the Holy Spirit’s guidance. Sometimes the Spirit nudges me to do something differently than I would otherwise know to do. Over time, I have seen relationships improved and strengthened because of these nudges. I have become more sensitive to the emotional needs of family and friends with the help of the Spirit’s discernment. I have also seen my writing grow and develop in different ways as a result of that guidance.
Jesus has also given me strength when I have needed it most. Those times when I wanted to give up on a relationship, on a situation, even on myself, I have been able to ask for strength and help. Any time I have done this, my prayers have been answered. With all my heart, I can claim the verse from Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I have come to rely on this strength to accomplish the tasks that God has laid out before me. Christ’s strength enables me to do what I could never do on my own power.
Christ doesn’t just make a difference in my life. The way I see it, He makes all the difference. I would really enjoy hearing a few words from my readers about the difference Christ makes in your life. How is your life specifically different because of Christ? Take a moment and leave a comment to share your experience with me.
*Murphy’s Law, in case you aren’t familiar, is the idea that anything that can possibly go wrong, will do so.