One By One
Read John 1:35-50 - the choosing of the disciples
They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, praising God. the whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved. Acts 2: 46-47.(NRSV)
Colin D. Harbach is from England. Since his early mathematics class, he has been intrigued by the number one. By itself, it is weak and powerless. Even when it is multiplied by itself, it retains the same value. but in its relationship with other numbers, it becomes powerful. Even the greatest number increases when this small number is added to it, and when a critical decision has to be voted on, one vote can make all the difference.
Colin finds this to be an important comment on Christian life and the growth of the church. When he looks at the first church, he noticed that its growth is not spoken of as multiplication but rather addition. The Gospels tell how Jesus called his disciples personally, one by one, and their number grew as each responded to Jesus' invitation to follow him. When each of us follows Jesus, we are given the grace to contribute to the growth of God's kingdom.
We have different gifts but each of us are important to God's kingdom. The more love we show to others the more they are likely to want to become apart of our family. One person's love can make a huge difference, and so can one person's meanness. Let's welcome others with love and kindness so that we may grow.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for adding each of us to your kingdom so that we may live in fellowship with you and with all your people. Help us to be kind, in Jesus' name, amen.