Opening your eyes to a brand new world is never easy. It can be terrifying when you reflect on your own world. But it can also make you humbly grateful for the privileged life you do lead.
On the one hand, you are a mere bee in the thriving hive called Earth. The 15mins of fame you dream of is a distant relative no one sees or talks to. There is no chance your art, your website, nor your music will get you anywhere in the world of fame. You are one out of four million New Zealanders visiting a city of four million, and no one will know that you have made a mark.
On the other hand you have a world famous church adding to the musical taste of contemporary music meeting each week. All signs would suggest that their congregation is actually smaller than a similarly focussed church in our home town. A church that when I first went was only about the size that our current church is at today. (Not that the size of your church has anything to do with it!)
When you have a city of four million, there are obviously going to be some less fortunate than yourself. The drug addict, alcoholic, the homeless and the depressed. The mentally ill, physically ill and the pennyless. These people have a world view of less claim to fame than myself. They’re most likely not going to get the chance to visit another country, let alone another city. They don’t even have the opportunity to dread a family Christmas dinner. They don’t have endless happy photographs smiling flawlessly from countless photo albums.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He didn’t come with the mission of being famous. He didn’t come to travel the world and collate memories. He came to bring rest for the restless, food for the hungry, clothes for the naked and shelter for the homeless. He came to give hope to those that could find no hope left in their lives. He came to give life to those that were socially, mentally, emotionally and spiritually dead.
What difference can I make?
I am but one person visiting a city of 4 million.
I am but one person who hails from a country of 4 million.
I am but one person who lives in a city of 90 thousand.
I am but one person working in a town of 30 thousand.
I am but one person in a school of 200.
I am one teacher in a class of 30 students.
I am one leader of a Boys Brigade company of 25 boys.
I am one member of a worship team of 10.
I am only one person.
But I don’t have to change the whole world. Jesus has already done that.