A Difference Maker

open bibleIn Ezra 7:10 the Bible says, “For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the LORD, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments.” Most would agree that Ezra was a difference maker.  Exactly what did he do in order to accomplish the things he did?  In the above passage we find he fully prepared his heart to seek the Lord, thus he was able to be a godly reformer.

Ezra had three fundamental attributes that made him what he was: seeking the law, obeying the law and teaching others.  His commitment to these made him the great reformer he was.  We too can have these attributes and be a difference maker.

Our text says Ezra sought the law.  If you want to be a difference maker like Ezra, you must seek the law.  Paul said in I Tim. 4:13, “Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.” There’s no substitute for reading the Bible regularly with the intent to understand.  You should meditate on what you read.  Ps. 1:2 says, “…His delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.”  By meditating we can multiply the time we spend contemplating God’s word.

Ezra didn’t just learn God’s will as a matter of academics.  He submitted to God’s will as an obedient child.  The same quality is important for us if we want to be difference makers.  Jn. 14:23 says, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words…” True love for God must express itself in obedience to Him. hearing If you learn of Him and love Him, you will obey Him.  Jas. 1:25 adds, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”  By obeying what we hear from the word we create an opportunity to be blessed.

Ezra didn’t just learn and obey; he took his service to the next natural step.  Knowing and obeying God’s will, he encouraged others to do the same.  You and I should also try to teach others as we learn and grow.

We should teach fellow Christians. Mt. 28:20 gives part of the great commission, saying as we approach disciples we should be, Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” There is a great need for the church to be taught.  Babes in Christ need to be steadily ushered into spiritual maturity.  Surely you can help other Christians to grow by teaching God’s word in some capacity.

Tree of LifeWe should teach the lost.  Prov. 11:30 says, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” You can help win the lost too.  By reaching out to lost souls we can help make a difference in their lives.  We may not all have the legacy that Ezra had, be we can follow his example to be the best we can be… to be a difference maker.

 

David Earl Minson – Oklahoma City, OK

 


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