Friday, March 27, 2015 9:02 AM

The One

Friday, March 27, 2015 9:02 AM
Friday, March 27, 2015 9:02 AM

March 27, 2015

Everyone is searching for The One. The one guy who will make them happy.  The one house that they are meant to raise their children in. The one job that both pays well and satisfies you. We have this idea that somewhere out there is one thing that will make a huge difference.  

For us, that means we discard everyone who we think isn’t “the one.” We reject every person who doesn’t fit our strict requirements. We look at thousands of homes to find the one that we want. Our searching for the one means that we are waiting for something close to perfect. 

This is not how Jesus thinks about the one. We are all the one. There is not one person for whom he did become human. There is not one person for whom he did not die. Everyone is “the one” to Jesus. 

This is what he says in Luke 15:3-7 when he tells the parable about why he came:

Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose someone among you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them. Wouldn’t he leave the other ninety-nine in the pasture and search for the lost one until he finds it? And when he finds it, he is thrilled and places it on his shoulders. When he arrives home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost sheep.’ In the same way, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who changes both heart and life than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to change their hearts and lives.”                                                   

If you come to church this weekend, you will hear this verse because this is the change that we are making in our mentality. Often, when people come to church, we discard the hundreds of people we see just to find that one person we know well and love. This must change. We must be oriented to seek and to welcome “The One” which, since we follow Jesus, means everyone. 

That doesn’t mean you ignore the people who you know and love at church; it just means you welcome people who you don’t know just as warmly. Tell everyone “Good morning!” Be sincere. Learn the names of people around you. Don’t ask if they are a church member – just find some way to engage. 

This week we had a church member come and give a presentation about Disney and how they operate. Disney is geared so that every person might have a great experience when they walk in the doors. He told the story about a family on their last day at Disney and how they were not able to ride one of the attractions because the line was so long. An employee said “not a problem” and took them by the hand and gave them one last ride. It wasn’t because they were special – it was because everyone was special.  

The way that we make this change in our lives is to begin to intentionally think about those who are new coming through our doors. We must begin by praying for “The One.” As a church community, we are going to gather together in prayer for 48 hours during Holy Week before Easter to actively ask God to change our hearts to see those who need to know God and be bold in inviting them here. You can sign up here

We can stop waiting for the one. They are about to walk through our doors this Easter. They are sitting next to us at work. They are our family. May we pray for the one. May we prepare our hearts to receive them. May we follow God’s lead to welcome them. May we offer Christ boldly. It’s time. 

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