Greater than You Know

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20

It’s difficult for us to see the impact we have on people’s lives.

Sure, there are those we can easily point to and see the impact we’ve made.

The friend who came to Christ after your conversation.
The coworker who is now going to church because you invited him.
The young person who is beginning to like how God created them because of your mentoring.

Those are easy to see. We can point to the fruit in their lives and know the difference we’ve made.

But what about the people we pour into once or twice and don’t see again?
What about the friends who don’t change right away?

That impact is much more difficult to see.
But it doesn’t mean an impact wasn’t made.

Every seed of God we plant in people’s lives, every time we point them closer to Jesus, every conversation, prayer, interaction has an impact.

We just don’t always get to see it.

Take a look at this video from Igniter Media to see just how deep and wide the impact you have on someone’s life really can go:

The impact you make on someone’s life today has the potential to impact another life, and another, and another.

You may not see the impact you’ve made. You may not even be around when the seed you planted takes root in their hearts and brings change.

But that shouldn’t stop us from trying.

Every impact you make has the potential to grow exponentially – leaving you clueless of the lives you truly impacted until you get to meet them in heaven.

How have you seen God expand the impact you’ve had on someone’s life?

Brokenness Redeemed

We’re all broken. We all have flaws. We all know those places in our lives we’d rather forget.

The recurring sin we can’t seem to break.
The heartbreak we endured at the hand of a friend.
The nagging insecurity, fear, or doubt.
The deep, dark secret we’re convinced no one could handle knowing about.
The broken relationship, broken dream, broken hope.

We’re all flawed, broken, and riddled with scars.
It’s part of the human experience.

It can be easy to look at our brokenness and feel disqualified to do, well, anything. We think if people know how we were broken, if they knew our flaws, if they knew the areas we continue to stumble in, they wouldn’t trust us. Or like us. Or allow us to speak into their lives.

So we hide our faults.
Bury our shame.
And convince ourselves we’ve messed up too much to be of any value to the kingdom of God.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28

God has a habit of redeeming our mistakes – of taking those areas in our lives where we’ve messed up, stumbled, ran away from Him to follow our own path, and turning them into something beautiful.

He takes our weakness and turns it into our greatest strength.

The very thing we’re ashamed of, the sin we beat ourselves up over, the mistakes we’ve made, brokenness we try to conceal, and heartbreak we endure have the potential to become something beautiful in the hands of our redeemer.

To break someone else out of the same struggle.
To help those struggling with the same insecurities.
To boldly proclaim that sin, death, and shame cannot hold down the one who trusts in the Lord.

Every mistake. Every flaw. Every scar.
God redeems them all into something more beautiful than we could ever imagine.

Where has God taken your weakness and made it into a strength?