Sunday, March 27, 2016

The Incredible Worth of One

My article about the worth of one appeared last week at The Upper Room . . .

Jesus Christ described the incredible power of one.
Studying for a sermon series recently called The Power of One, the repetition in Jesus’ teachings of the word “one” amazed me.

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to ONE of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.  – Matthew 10:42

And whoever welcomes ONE such child in my name welcomes me.  – Matthew 18:5

The King will reply, "Truly I tell you, whatever you did for ONE of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" – Matthew 25:40

Studying Christ’s words at face-value, I see that Jesus’ perspective is different than mine. And His perspective is all that ultimately matters. 

Our world values numbers. Musicians want their albums to sell millions of copies and thus receive awards. Artists want their works to be sold to numerous people. Authors want their books to include on the cover, “More than 100,000 copies sold!” In the world of church growth, success is often measured by the quantitative amount of people: “nickels and noses.” People at times now even value their worth or impact based on how many social media friends, connections, and “likes” they receive.  

Jesus stuns me with his emphasis on one. Reward comes from welcoming one child.  Recognition begins with doing a small task for one person in Jesus’ name. Doing low-profile acts of service like visiting a sick person, spending time with a prisoner, feeding or clothing a poor person, or welcoming a stranger – rank high on the list of the King of all the earth.

Read the entire article here.

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