Romans 5:12-19 – “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned — 13(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.” NKJV
We have all heard stories and seen statistics of how one person or one vote changed the entire course of nations and history. I call to mind the quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, “For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, for the want of a shoe the horse was lost, for the want of a horse the rider was lost, for the want of a rider the battle was lost, for the want of a battle the kingdom was lost, and all for the want of a horseshoe nail.” That is a powerful reminder of how important one person, one event, one vote or one action can be and often is.
Here Paul reminds us of the power of one in two different situations. Sin entered the race through the disobedience of Adam, one man. Salvation came to mankind through the obedience of Jesus, one man. I wonder how often we read this and although we rightly focus on the work of Christ, we fail to grasp the importance and power of one. It only takes one rotten apple to spoil the entire barrel and sometimes only takes one act of kindness to totally reverse years of animosity, hatred, bitterness, and conflict. One word spoken at the right moment can completely change the course of events. One word spoken at the wrong time can escalate things to full-blown warfare.
I have heard people lament, “I am only one person” offering that a justification for not launching into the daunting task before them. As the old saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step” we should never allow ourselves to stop believing in the Power of One. I do not recall when I first saw it, but I remember a Mercedes Benz television commercial in which the automobile collided with a concrete wall in a safety test. Someone asked the company spokesman why Mercedes Benz did not enforce their patent on the energy-absorbing car design which was eventually copied by most manufacturers. He stated simply, “Because some things in life are too important not to share.” That is powerful!
You are one and I am one and we are one with Christ and are being formed into One (The Body of Christ) and although still one we are many and powerful. In all matters of life, we must never lose sight of the importance of ONE! You are having an impact on your world whether you realize it or not. If you omit one act of kindness or Christian charity it impacts others and if you commit one act of kindness or Christian charity it impacts others. Therefore, never diminish the importance of one word, one deed, one prayer, one testimony, one vote, or one life.
God bless you as you make the devil know you are ONE whose life is hidden with God in Christ and as ONE in Jesus you are a majority and powerful. God bless you as you enjoy this day impacting your world as One Man or One Woman united with Christ Jesus!