No Chairs Needed
In a long-ago high school physics class, we wondered aloud about how the world might be changed if, say, 1 billion people averaging 70 kg (150 pounds) each in a concentrated region of the world all jumped down off two-foot chairs at precisely the same moment.
Would a seismic wave be set in motion that rattled nearby buildings or disturbed far-off rice paddies? Or would the great shock absorber of the Earth simply receive and dissipate this blow as it has so many others?
It was a delightful academic distraction, especially at a dreary 7:00 a.m. class, but I fear it taught many of us the wrong lesson. We came away believing that only mass, concentrated action by millions of people at one moment had a chance of changing the world.
In fact, just the opposite is true.
The biblical counterpoint to all such notions is clear: "Nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few" (1 Sam. 14:6). God is not beholden to the mass or even to the majority. Heaven doesn't stand and wait until 51 percent of any group, including the church, is ready to move. God touches individual lives--your life and my life--and He says, "Go, carry the good news. Be My man, be My woman, in your home, in your community, at your school. Share My truth; heal the hurting; prepare people for My coming, even if it seems you are alone. For in truth, you are never alone. 'I am with you always, even to the end of the age' [Matt. 28:20]."
By God's grace, more than 15 million Adventists around this globe are changing the world today--not by waiting for some well-timed moment when they can make a concentrated impact--but by doing the work of Jesus that lies closest to them. The lessons they teach, the food they share, the wells they dig, the Living Water they give to the thirsty are having an incalculable effect for the Lord's kingdom. The seismic waves that grow from individual acts of courage and compassion are rattling the structures of the world, and rippling more than rice paddies.
This day, fellow world-changer, "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might" (Eccl. 9:10).