Big numbers are impressive.
The world population is 7.7 billion people. Google is the most used search engine on the internet, handling 5.4 billion searches each day. Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, is the richest person in the world at $131 billion dollars. The U.S. national debt is $22 trillion dollars, $66,000 per citizen. You have 30 trillion cells in your body. There are estimated 10 billion galaxies in the universe comprising a total of as many as 1 billion trillion stars. Those are some big numbers.
Yet, God is not as much interested in big numbers as He is in ONE, especially ONE person. When Mary said Yes to God, she altered the future for every single person that lived and would ever live. Even though she was ONE person, Mary changed the world.
One teacher may not change a school system. But that ONE teacher could influence children, ONE child at a time, who could then make an impact on other peoples’ lives. Before long, that ONE teacher could influence thousands of people through the children he or she taught.
A great example of every human’s importance is in the movie It’s A Wonderful Life. If the main character had not lived, then his brother might have died. If the brother had died, then he would not have enlisted in the military and hundreds of soldiers could have died. Because the main character made a big difference in the life of one man, the positive effect of this decision was felt by many.
One Bible passage reminds me of the impact of ONE. In Luke 3 we read about John the Baptist: “In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar . . . the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. . . . As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight” (Luke 3:1-4).
John, of course, would later have a group of disciples who followed him. But when he began his ministry, he began alone. Just him. Just ONE. Think of it: John prepared the way for Jesus, but who prepared the way for John? No ONE. John began as ONE solitary voice to the Jewish nation.
This Sunday, October 20, I will preach a sermon in preparation for our Open House the following Sunday, October 27. We are emphasizing Invite Your ONE. I want you to invite ONE person to church for that day. My sermon this week is simply called, The Value of ONE. I am using the stories Jesus told about the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son (The Prodigal Son) from Luke 15.
In these three stories when the lost was found, there was a great celebration. Jesus compared it to the joy in heaven when ONE person turns to Jesus. “I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:10).
There is great value in ONE lost person coming to Jesus. Nothing compares to the value of ONE person. That is why we are having Invite Your ONE. We want everyONE to know they can have eternal life through Jesus. Who is your ONE?
But there is also value in ONE person deciding to speak up for Jesus. Like John the Baptist, ONE person needs to tell others about Jesus. Will you be ONE person who will invite ONE friend to hear about Jesus? Will you be ONE?
Join me this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.