I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.
So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything but
only God, who makes things grow. The man who plants and the
man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded
according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers;
you are God’s field, God’s building.
1 Corinthians 3:6-9
ONE is a powerful number. I can think of many things that started with one. One person stepped out in faith. One person responding to a yearning in their heart. One person wanting to make a dream come true. One person listening to the voice of God. Yet, at the end of the day, the outcome was more than one.
This morning as I was watching the Today Show they did an interview with Janine Stange. As of this evening, she will have sung the Star Spangled Banner in all fifty states. She started this journey as a way of showing her respect and gratitude to our service men and women who have taken that one step forward to protect what the Star Spangled Banner stands for. As they were wrapping up the interview with Janine, these words she shared struck a chord in my heart. She noted that when the Star Spangled Banner is sung no matter the venue that it is a time when everyone is one.
As I reflect on that statement of how everyone is one as we gather at a venue to sing the National Anthem, I think of many things that started with one. One person with a dream and/or nudge from God. For example, Martin Luther King, Jr. He had a dream. His dream was that all men and women were to be treated equal. He stepped out in faith and as he stepped out others came along and joined in with his mission. At the end of the day, his one voice became many voices working to make his dream a reality.
Then of recent, there was the famous ice bucket challenge. It took one person saying they would have ice water poured over them and issuing a challenge to others to do likewise to raise awareness and money for ALS. Out of that one challenge, social media was full of ice bucket challenges and challengers. The outcome of one person extending the challenge resulted in not only bringing awareness to ALS but also money was raised for ALS research.
When I think of One, I not only think of the National Anthem when everyone is one, Martin Luther King, Jr. with his one dream, or the ALS challenge, but I think of this scripture from 1 Corinthians 3:6-9. When it comes to the Kingdom of God it only takes one person to sow a seed of faith, hope and grace. Then, someone else comes along and waters it. As time goes on there is more than one in helping a pilgrim on their faith journey. As a result the Kingdom of God grows and flourishes.
You see, we are all one. As Christians we have been called to invite others into the Kingdom of God. It only takes us listening to that ONE voice and stepping out in faith and sharing God’s grace, light, and love. As we listen to that ONE voice , there are others who are also listening to that ONE voice that are also stepping out in faith. The end result we have a multitude of voices sharing the light of Christ. Just as Janine Stange, expressed what it is like for everyone to be as one as the National Anthem is sung, we are ALL ONE IN CHRIST!
One. A powerful number. “All it takes is one voice. Then, when you look around there is more than one voice singing.” May we be willing to step out in faith in sharing the Good News of our risen Savior. I won’t challenge you to pouring a cold bucket of ice water over your head to get the message across. However, I challenge you to respond to that ONE voice. Step out in faith in response to the call that has been placed in your heart. Just like the ice bucket challenge I know without a doubt there will be more than just your one voice. There will be others that will step out to join and support you on the journey of which you have been called.