Summary: Education can give information, prisons can offer reformation, only Jesus can give transformation.
There’s the story told about a man and his wife
spending a vacation at an oceanfront hotel. They
were very committed to work, family, and church
but they desperately needed some time off. One
night a violent storm sent crashing waves against
the shore. All during the night, they could hear
the power of the storm, the wind, the gigantic
waves pounding upon the shore. The man kept
thinking while lying in his bed about his own
storms and the continuous demands his business
made upon his life, and the strain it placed upon
his personal life.
Later that night, the wind died down and the
storm was over. The man got up early that
morning to see what damaged the storm had
made. All along the shore, he could see what
seemed to be thousands of starfish. Soon the sun
would pierce the clouds and its heat would dry
the starfish. Stranded on the beach the starfish
would helplessly die. But then he noticed a
strange sight. A little boy was throwing
something in the water. He was throwing the
starfish, one by one, into the water.
“Why are you throwing the starfish back in the
water?” the man asked the young boy. “There
are so many of them. What real difference can
you possibly make since there are hundreds of
starfish on the bank?”
“Well, you’re right,” said the boy as he picked up
another starfish and threw it back into the water.
As the starfish sunk into the water, he looked at
the man and said, “But it made a difference to
that starfish.” (Denis Waitley, Seeds of Greatness)
There’s a truth to that story, and it teaches us
that we can in many ways make a positive
difference in the lives of other people.
Beyond that story, I want to say, that when
we PRAY AND TRUST IN Jesus Christ, He
MAKES EVEN A BIGGER DIFFERENCE.
Our message this morning is this, WHAT A
DIFFERENCE JESUS MAKES!
TRUSTING JESUS MAKES ALL THE
DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD!
When we Work, we work, but when we pray and
trust Jesus, then God IS AT WORK! In the Bible
God invites us to reach out in faith and receive
His blessings. A character in the Bible by the
name of Bartimaeus found out what a difference
Jesus could make in his life. If you will turn to
Mark 10:46, you will see his story. What a
difference Jesus made in his life. Let’s look now
at Mark chapter 10, verses 46 through 52.
What difference did Jesus make in the life of
Bartimaeus? I believe that’s an excellent
question, because many people don’t see the
difference. People say, “I don’t see any
difference in becoming a Christian. I don’t see
that it will make a change in my life. I don’t see
that there is a difference between Christians and
those who are not confessing Christians.”
What real difference is there by coming to
church? What real difference can there be by
giving tithes and offerings? What difference will
it make if I come to church, or if I come once in a
while? What difference will it make if I pray,
let’s say, 15 minutes daily, or if I pray once a
week? As far as I can see, I don’t really see the
It reminds me of visiting a man on several
occasions. His wife was a member of the church,