13th March 2019

One Person Can Make A Difference

“The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”
Luke 18:27 (NKJV)

Since the beginning of human history God has been calling individuals for a specific purpose. Some of those people are recorded in the Bible and they tried to tell God that He’d made a mistake: Moses told God, ‘I can’t speak’; Gideon asked, ‘How can I rescue Israel. My clan is the weakest and I’m a nobody in my entire family?’; David was just a shepherd boy; Jonah ran away; God had work for Jeremiah but he told God, ‘O Sovereign Lord. I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!’

We’re probably saying similar things today: “Me God? What difference can I make?” We can see from the reaction of Moses, Gideon, David, Jonah and Jeremiah that they felt it was humanly impossible to carry out God’s instructions, but God knew that with His help they were capable of achieving His purpose. As Jesus told His disciples in Luke 18:27, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

Thomas Coram was an individual who made a difference. Walking around the city of London, he was appalled at the sight of dead and dying babies abandoned on the streets. He felt he had to do something about it. It would take 17 years of hard work and perseverance before he would finally accomplish his dream. He faced opposition when people thought that a Foundling hospital would encourage wantonness and prostitution. But when George II came to the throne, Queen Caroline was sympathetic to the rescue of Foundlings, having seen the work done for them in Paris. Finally, after presenting the King with numerous petitions which emphasised not only Coram’s compassion for the children but also concern for their subsequent education into useful citizens, subscriptions began to pour in and the King signed a Royal Charter. Governors and Guardians were set up and the Foundling hospital took in its first group of children in March 1741. The Hospital closed its doors in 1954 but children are still being supported through The Thomas Coram Foundation.

We can be encouraged by examples of the Bible as well as modern times to see that God can use any of us, no matter if we are male or female, strong or weak, regardless of race, wealth or social situation. With God’s help we can make a difference for good.

Prayer
Father, please give us the confidence to say, as Paul did in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Amen

Study by Diana Hall

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About the Author:
Diana Hall attends the Southampton Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God, UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
Tauntons College
Hill Lane
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 5RL

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11:00am

Local Congregational Contact:
Peter Noon
Email: peter_noon@wcg.org.uk

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