7. Longing to Make a Deep and Lasting Impact
Intuitively we want to make an impact.
Most people can't stand the idea that the extent of their existence can be summed up in a few lines etched into a headstone.
Knowing that we have limited time in this life, we all desire to make a difference that will last far beyond our moment in time, thus confirming that our lives have meaning beyond the end of our days on earth.
God designed us to make an impact for all eternity.
The urge to make a significant impact includes the urge to heroism.
- We look forward to sharing with people what changes them.
- We love to do what makes the people we love happy.
- We would like to help and thank you, as it makes us feel like we are impacting someone.
The word Legacy is closely related to this theme. At school, at church, in communities we hear stories of people who have made a difference in their generation and time and there is a desire within us to want to do the same.
Let's look at some aspects of this yearning:
1. Loyalty in small things
In this process of yearning to make a deep and lasting impact, we see God calling us to be faithful in little things.
Sometimes we want to pursue what seems to be meaningful to us, while devaluing fidelity in the little things.
For some, being faithful in the little things is synonymous with insignificance or total irrelevance.
“A lasting impact will not come through pride and promotion. Rather, it is the result of a gentle and humble life.” - Deborah Hiebert
2. Why are we here?
We are not here by chance.
God is looking for people who will partner with Him to fulfill His purposes on earth.
God is looking for people who want to make a deep and lasting impact, people who will partner with Him on a level far beyond just working a job or seeking personal happiness.
We are very important to God, but we only have lasting importance as we walk in obedience to God's will for our lives.
The urge to make a deep and lasting impact is partially satisfied when we get involved in changing the lives of others.
3. Making a difference in the lives of others
Our God-given desire includes our yearning to contribute to the lives of others.
The most common desire, as parents, is to impact our children's lives permanently.
We hope that even when we are not here, our children will reflect on what they have learned from us.
We also have an impulse to make a difference to friends and coworkers.
This is all part of God's great plan to share His heart with us.
4. Sharing What Impacted Us
Whenever something has a big impact on us, we are driven to share.
We are moved to share with others what brings us joy.
Our sense of relevance is often associated with doing something that excites others.
The idea of contributing to changing someone else's life trajectory is irresistible.
5. Fulfilling God's Call through Influence
People who are influential have the ability to affect people's long-term decisions and the quality of life of others. They are capable of producing lasting changes in people's hearts and behavior.
And whoever has given just a glass of cold water to one of these little ones, in the name of a disciple, I truly say to you that he will never lose his reward. Matthew 10:42
Therefore, I say to you: use the wealth of this wicked world to win friends, so that when it ends, they will receive you into eternal abodes. Luke 16:9
6. The Nature of Lasting and Deep Impact
Serving is the measure of making a lasting impact.
There will be no other you in human history. We were created to make an impact around us today and for eternity.
We are called to make an impact in this life and in the age to come.
The humanity we work hard with to develop in this life will help determine our role in the millennial kingdom and eternal age.
The Lord knows what we were created for. He wrote the story that requires people to do great things and then he put those deep desires inside of us. The Holy Spirit witnesses within us as we yearn to be people who do meaningful things in God's eyes. Great things can be achieved by those who love God with all their hearts.
Based on the book: 7 yearnings of the human heart - Mike Bickle
Category: 7 longings of the human heart
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