The Power of One

This week’s eNewsletter feature
was written by Rev. Raymond Hylton,
FPCE Senior Pastor.

In our busy, high-pressured, impersonal world, it is easy to underestimate the significance of one. With so many people — most of whom seem so much more capable, more gifted, articulate, winsome, more prosperous, more important than we — who are you or I to think our own little part in life amounts to much? “I’m just one person,” you say, “I cannot make much difference.”

 That’s the way most folks think. They really do!

But aren’t you glad that Patrick Henry didn’t? And Sojourner Truth? And Harriet Tubman? And Martin Luther King, Jr.? And Walt Disney? And Martin Luther? And Winston Churchill? And Jackie Robinson? And Irving Berlin? And Abraham Lincoln? And Charles Wesley? And Dwight L. Moody? And Corrie ten Boom?

“But it’s a different world today,” you say. “Back in the day, there was room for an individual to emerge and stand out in a crowd — but now, today, in this mass media mess of a world, there’s no way!”

Wrong.

God has always asked and underscored individual involvement . . . still does.

  • How many did it take to help the victim who got mugged on the Jericho Road? One Good Samaritan.
  • How many were chosen by God to confront Pharaoh and lead the Exodus? One.
  • How many sheep got lost and became the object of utmost concern to the good shepherd? One.
  • How many were needed to confront adulterous David and bring him to his knees in full repentance? One.
  • How many prophets were called to stand before wicked King Ahab and predict a drought? One.
  • How many did the Lord use to get the attention of the land of Israel and prepare the way for Messiah? One.
  • How many lepers returned to Jesus to thank him, garnering his praise? One.

Never underestimate the power of one! And that one just may be you.

On Sunday, we will read Matthew’s account of Jesus’s baptism in the Jordan River (Matthew 3:13-17). Did you know that the baptism of Jesus is recorded in all four gospels? Don’t you think that means it’s important? I think so.

The placement of Jesus’ baptism so early in his life story represents the launch of his public ministry. He (and He alone) willingly and fully identifies with the role of servant to the people of Israel.

 Do you remember your baptism? What’s your identity? Like Jesus, I hope you readily adopt the singularly important role of a servant.

 See you Sunday,

 Pastor Raymond Hylton