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April 25, 2019

ONE! One is usually considered a small number. Insignificant really. One penny, one nickel, one dime, one quarter, one dollar; what difference can they make in the high cost of everything today? One vote among millions; ridiculous when you think of it. But sometimes in life it can change the course of history. Study history for examples .I don’t play the lotteries but when you consider the odds of winning what are the odds of a person buying one ticket and winning the prize? And yet they have. How can one person make a difference on a professional sports team and actually turn losers into winners. Ridiculous, but it happens. It is possible in this world to think, “I am only one person in this world of billions of people. What difference can I make in anything at all?” It is possible to look at the overwhelming problems of the world and the really “important” people of the world and come away with a feeling of insignificance in the vastness of humanity. For instance, what difference could a lowly shepherd boy make in the life of the nation of Israel? Or how could a prisoner, falsely accused of a crime, locked up and stowed away in the worst of prisons, rise to become the second in power in a country and save the nation of Egypt from disaster? Or how could a baby born in the lowliest of circumstances and using an animal feeding trough for his baby bed rise to become the redeemer of the human race? I think you are getting the picture.

                                              

ONE, when God is involved is a huge number. It is true that individually we are just a small number in man’s accounting system but in God’s accounting system every person is important. In the gospel of Luke Jesus gives us three parables to press home this point. The first is the parable of the one lost sheep. Ninety-nine of the hundred sheep are safe with the Shepherd but the one lost sheep is so important that an all-out effort is made to find the one (Luke 15:3-7). The second parable is one of a lost coin. A woman had ten coins and lost one of them and recruited the entire neighborhood to help her find the one that was lost (Luke 15:8-10). That one coin held great importance to its owner. Jesus gives a third parable and it drives home the importance of the number one to God and also to us. It is the parable of the lost son; a parable that reflects all of us in some way in many details (Luke 15: 11-32). One human being is important to God, to the family, to the human race. God chose one way of redemption for the human race. God chose one man to die on the cross one time to provide one way of salvation to the human race, “For God so loved the world that he gave his ONE and ONLY Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life,” (John 3:16 NIV). God is still willing to use the “ones” of the world to make a difference in the place where He has planted them because ONE with God is a big number.

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