Summary: The power of one individual to significantly impact the many. The key:burying one’s self in favor of others for Christ’s sake.
The Power of One
The truth is, a kernel of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone--a single seed. But its death will produce many new kernels--a plentiful harvest of new lives.25Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who despise their life in this world will keep it for eternal life.26All those who want to be my disciples must come and follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And if they follow me, the Father will honor them.27
John 12:24-27, NLT
IN A RECENT ISSUE OF A PERIODICAL THAT I SUBSCRIBE TO, a theme appeared that embraced the words of the text in John 12:24, namely ¡°The Power of One.¡± The editor brought together several testimonials from individuals whose lives had been significantly impacted by others. Included were the power of one teacher, the power of one student, the power of one friend, the power of one pastor, and the power of one personality.
Isn¡¯t it amazing how one individual can make such a powerful and lasting impression on us that it shapes who we are? Think about it. I immediately began to search my mind in an effort to find those individuals who affected me the most. What one single person has had the most impact on your life?
And then again, have you scrutinized your own life and made it your aim to powerfully influence others for the glory of God?
You can do it! You may never be on the front cover of Time or appear on national TV or even the local media. But you can make a difference. A powerful difference.
¡ö be in heaven because of you
¡ö have kept going when they were tempted to give up because of you
¡ö be in church because of your life
¡ö be in the ministry because you lived and prayed in a manner that inspired them
Don¡¯t ever sell yourself short. You can have an impact that will last throughout eternity!
Jesus, by using the analogy between a grain of wheat and each of us, revealed the potential of a life devoted to God. He answered the question, ¡°What difference can one person make?¡± His teaching can inspire and guide us in the life of discipleship today.
Jesus declared the ¡°Value of One.¡± He put the emphasis on a single grain of wheat. Within each seed there is the miraculous capability to reproduce. Each seed is created to bring forth a new manifestation of life.
Illus.: Seeds found by archeologist¨C4,000 years old, still dormant, but with potential
The glory of Christianity is its claim that small things really matter and that the small company, the very few, the one man, the one woman, the one child are of infinite worth to God.
But wait a minute! Let¡¯s back up. Look at John 12:24 again: ¡°Unless it dies it will be alone--a single seed. But its death will produce many new kernels--a plentiful harvest of new lives.¡±
In the natural world, we know that when a seed ¡°dies,¡± it actually germinates. It is not destroyed; it is released to achieve the miracle of its mission. This is what Jesus means when he calls us to ¡°die¡± for him. He has no desire to negate our lives, or to destroy them, but rather he has every intention to use us beyond self-containment.