If you’re a leader who wants to make a difference in this world, then here are the three most powerful ways to do it.
1. Model Your Life.
I cannot think of anyone who ever lived in this world who really made an in-depth difference than Jesus Christ. From a historical point of view, he is the single person who changed the world, given the fact that he only did it in three years.
Foremost, Jesus modeled himself. “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.”
In modeling his life, he has the right to say to others, “Follow me.” And others did.
If someone decides to make a difference, that person must be a model first—nothing less, nothing more.
Making a difference always starts with a personal commitment to be the change you want to see in others. One cannot impact life change on others if the person who desires it is not modeling the transformation first.
This means no personal commitment, no potential change.
2. Make Disciples.
In my opinion, this is the most indisputable strategy of making a huge difference. It’s life changing—even a world impacting difference.
In fact, when he thought of world conquest in a positive way, making disciples is Jesus’ last command. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.”
If Jesus thought of conquering the world with his teachings and applied the approach of making disciples, what could be better than that as a lifetime mission?
The truth is that people who do not make disciples will not be able to maximize their influence and transfer their lives on others. Having ended their lives without any impact for the next generation, it’s a waste of life for lack of obedience, strategy, mission or goal in life.
If someone wants to make a real difference to the next generation, making disciples is the way.
3. Mentor Leaders.
Jesus Christ discipled a small group of ordinary men—in fact, fishermen in a rural area—who became world-renowned leaders, preachers, teachers, evangelists, and authors.
Jesus made the disciples into disciple-makers. He transformed these learners into leaders—and leaders are multipliers.
That’s why it is often great to invest in leaders because they are multipliers, not just as models or men and women of a mission.
For example, Apostle Paul said, “what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
From Jesus to Paul to “you” (Timothy), then to reliable or “faithful men,” and then to “others,” that is five generations in a row of multiplication.
What I love about the difference that Jesus made in the lives of people is that it’s not by means of coercion, intimidation, and violence. It’s not even biological growth, but belief. He conquered the world through love for God and fellow people.
You see, making a difference in life is intentional, especially if you want to see life changing results.
So if you want to make a difference to the greatest number of people possible in your lifetime, consider these three powerful steps: model your life, make disciples, and mentor leaders.
Glenn Plastina © 2017