Summary: When we share our faith, we have the chance to change the world for an individual, and perhaps even thousands of people, in a moment.
Change the World In a Moment
It was likely a day as any other. The work day was over and she was looking forward to spending time at home doing the things she did each night. To look at her, you would not see anything but another woman heading home after a long day at work. You would not see the frustration or the silent resolution to stand her ground against the injustice she continued to experience.
And then it happened, the doors opened, another rider got on… and she was asked to move. Not because this new bus rider was physically handicapped or elderly… but because their skin color was white and hers was black.
In that moment, Rosa Parks made a decision, she decided that she was going to do something different… something that might change things. She was not going to move… she made no speeches on that bus, she did not scream or yell, she did not rail against the unjust Jim Crowe laws of the south… she just did not move.
Many of you know this story. Some say that act was the trigger that finally allowed for segregation to be finally addressed in our country… and it all began when one person made the decision to do the right thing. Her actions changed the world in a moment for thousands and thousands of people.
Have you ever considered that you would be used in a world changing manner?
Follow along with me as I read from Matthew.
“16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
~ The Great Commission
What we just read is the kind of stuff that changes the world… for the individual, for families, for cities.. forever. And you and I are called to be a part of it.
The questions is… are you a part of it… or are you standing on the sidelines. Today you can make the decision to be the person that changes the world in a moment for someone… or you can choose to do nothing… to stand on the bus off to the side and look away. My prayer is that you will decide to do something about what you hear this morning.
1. Jesus has called you to go and make disciples.
Matt 28:19 - 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in a the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
2. Jesus has called you to teach those who don’t know the truth.
Matt 28:20 - 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.”
3. God wants you to understand that there are consequences to the choices you make.
Mark 16:15,16 - 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.