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REV 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

1. The Power of One

"Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard
what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first
thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell
him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ). And
he brought him to Jesus." (John 1:40-42, niv).

Did you ever stop to think how very important you are in
God's economy and his plans? Pretty much throughout the
entire Bible when God had a work to be done, he chose and
called an individual to lead. True he chose the nation of
Israel to be his special people but he chose individuals to
lead this nation to do his work. God has a place for you and
me too in his plan. It may not be a gigantic role but it is
an important one.

Think of the twelve disciples, for example, who were all a
vital part of God's mission. Half of them never said
anything that is recorded in the New Testament. And if I
remember correctly, three of them said only a word or two
that was recorded. And Andrew who didn't have much to say
but in his own quiet way brought Peter, who became the
early church leader and evangelist, to Jesus. Andrew was
also the one who brought the boy with the two loaves and
fishes to Jesus that Jesus used to feed the multitude. It
was only Peter, James, and John that we heard much from.

So, be your task great or small, God wants to use you to be
a part of his plans and what he is doing in your world
today. All we need is to be available. As the anonymous
poet wrote:

    One song can spark a moment,
    One flower can wake the dream.
    One tree can start a forest,
    One bird can herald spring.
    One smile begins a friendship,
    One handclasp lifts a soul.
    One star can guide a ship at sea,
    One word can frame the goal.
    One vote can change a nation,
    One sunbeam lights a room.
    One candle wipes out darkness,
    One laugh will conquer gloom.
    One step must start each journey,
    One word must start each prayer.
    One hope will raise our spirits,
    One touch can show you care.
    One voice can speak with wisdom,
    One heart can know what's true.
    One life can make the difference,
    You see it's up to you!
In the words of Edward Everett Hale: "I am only one. But
still I am one. I cannot do everything, But still I can do
something. And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the Something that I can do."

Don't ever forget how very important you are, not only to
your loved ones, your work, but also to God. Remember, too,
if it's going to be, it's up to you and me!

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, I'm available, please use me
to be a part of your plans and what you are doing in the
world in which I live. Use me to be as Jesus in some way to
make a difference in someone's life today. Thank you for
hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus'
name, amen."

End of the World

The story has it that the great Church reformer Martin Luther was once asked
what he would do if he knew for certain the world was going to end tomorrow.
Without hesitation he replied, "I would plant an apple tree this afternoon."
Luther was not given to speculation about the ENDING of the world. He
focused rather on the END of the world, that is, the PURPOSE of the world
which God intends for the present time. Luther would plant an apple tree
today, even though the world will be ending tomorrow, because he believed
that what may happen in the future does not excuse you from what God
requires of you here and now.


No matter how small our light is, "All the darkness in the
world cannot put out the light of one small candle."

God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You
must take it. The only choice is how.

"We’re suffering from only one disease in the world. Our basic problem is
not a race problem. Our basic problem is not a poverty problem. Our basic
problem is not a war problem. Our basic problem is a heart problem. We need
to get the heart changed, the heart transformed."

"We have learned to soar through the air like birds, to swim through the
seas like fish, to soar through space like comets. Now it is high time we
learned to walk the earth as the children of our God."

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Today's Bible Verse

ACT 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, whi
ch is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

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