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Only One

How many times “one” person, “one” deed, “one” gift, or “one something” made all the difference in the life of a person.  Sometimes, that “one” thing can change the course of a nation.  We will not know this side of eternity the full impact of “one’s” life that lived honoring the “ONE TRUE GOD”!

Scripture often uses the word “one” to remind us of the uniqueness of God or of the people of God in serving Him.

Genesis 2:24This is why a man leaves his father and mother and bonds with his wife, and they become one flesh.

Genesis 21:3Abraham named his son who was born to him—the one Sarah bore to him—Isaac.

Deut.6:4 – “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.

1 Samuel 16:12So Jesse sent for him. He had beautiful eyes and a healthy, handsome appearance. Then the Lord said, “Anoint him, for he is the one.” (King David’s anointing).

Matthew 25:40Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Luke 15:7 – I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Who knows who that one child will become that is always a challenge because he will not sit still?  Who knows the impact of sharing the Gospel with one person and how their faith in Christ can change their family, friends, business associates, church, and community?  Who knows the full measure of blessing that one generous gift will make to a church, charity, school, or ministry?  In heaven, our eyes will be opened to see the amazing results of “one” moment in time.

An elderly preacher was rebuked by one of his deacons one Sunday morning before the service. “Pastor,” said the man, “something must be wrong with your preaching and your work. There’s been only one person added to the church in a whole year, and he’s just a boy.”

The minister listened, his eyes moistening and his thin hand trembling. “I feel it all,” he replied, “but God knows I’ve tried to do my duty.” On that day the minister’s heart was heavy as he stood before his flock. As he finished the message, he felt a strong inclination to resign.

After everyone else had left, that one boy came to him and asked, “Do you think if I worked hard for an education, I could become a preacher—perhaps a missionary?”

Again, tears welled up in the minister’s eyes. “Ah, this heals the ache I feel,” he said. “Robert, I see the Divine hand now. May God bless you, my boy. Yes, I think you will become a preacher.”

Many years later an aged missionary returned to London from Africa. His name was spoken with reverence. Nobles invited him to their homes. He had added many souls to the church of Jesus Christ, reaching even some of Africa’s most savage chiefs. His name was Robert Moffat, the same Robert who years before had spoken to the pastor that Sunday morning in the old Scottish church.

Lord, help us to be faithful. Then give us the grace to leave the results to you.  (Copied).