The Power of One


There is a tendency to equate small numbers with small results. And sometimes in some ways that is true. But there are exceptions, many exceptions. Adam was one man but the entire world changed because of him. Noah was one man but mankind was saved because of him. Abraham was one man; Isaac was one man, Jacob, perhaps better known as Israel, was one man and all of these men were instrumental in Godís promises and plan. Moses was one man and yet through him God set his people, Israel, free. The Bible is to a large extent the story of how one man at a time made a difference in history or perhaps His Story. Many of the Books of the Bible carry the name of one man. The Bible is full of stories about men that made a difference. Jonah, Saul, David, and Solomon. Come to mind, as do many other players in the Bible story. Job, Samson, Elijah, and Jonah are some more. We havenít even considered the New Testament. In the New Testament we find much is said about one man in particular. That man is Jesus.

*†† (Rom 5:12-19 NIV)Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned-- {13} for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. {14} Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. {15} But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God's grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! {16} Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man's sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. {17} For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God's abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. {18} Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men. {19} For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

History is full of people that made a difference. All too often those people made the world a worse place rather than a better place. But you can and should make the world better. The Bible tells us the day of death is greater than the day of birth.

*†† (Eccl 7:1 NIV)A good name is better than fine perfume, and the day of death better than the day of birth.

That simply means when born you are an unknown quantity. Will the world be a better place because you lived or will it be worse off because you lived? At death that question can be answered.


Good things happen all around us every day and we hear very little about it. Thatís because good news isnít news! ďA child went to school and learned his addition tables,Ē doesnít make headlines and probably doesnít make it to the paper at all. You wonít hear about it on the nightly news. A person doing what people should be doing isnít news. This is the Power of One. Itís the multitude of sand grains that make a beautiful beach, the multitude of snow flakes that make a winter wonderland, the multitude of stars that make the sky a wonder to behold. You could argue that one of a multitude is insignificant but God doesnít see it like that. You are important. Important to God, important to family and friends, and important to your community. You make a difference.


I canít tell you how many times Iíve heard people complain that their vote is meaningless. They say it, but itís not true. If their vote is meaningless then the same could be said of every other vote and the logical conclusion is that nobody should vote! How does that work? Think of it like this. The person that thinks their vote is meaningless unless it decides the matter is wanting to be a dictator. And so then, should everyone else be a dictator too. How does that work?


Sure, some people stand out from the crowd. Does that make them more important? Not in Godís eyes.

*†† (Acts 10:34-35 NIV)Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism {35} but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.


You are part of the God team. You have a role to play. We all have a role to play. Every part is important. Some parts get the spotlight but that by no means diminishes the other parts.


Here is the tried and true football analogy.


The center handles the ball more than the quarterback.

The field goal kicker is typically the highest scoring player on the team.

Frequently the player making the most yardage is the smallest player on the team.

The coach doesnít play but he is the boss.

The referees make the critical rules decisions.

A team with only ten healthy players is in trouble.


The point here is simply everyone on the team is important and has a critical role to play.


You too have a critical role to play. Donít let the team down. Go team!