"And the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go over and join this chariot.' So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, 'Do you understand what you are reading?' And he said, 'How can I, unless someone guides me?' And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him." Acts 8:29-31 ESV
Would you rather have ninety-nine or one? That seems like a simple answer; of course, you want ninety-nine. But how do you get to ninety-nine? You start with one, in any situation. If you want ninety- nine cookies, you have to grab one first. If you want ninety-nine dollars, you have to earn one first. This seems like an easy concept to grasp, but often we forget about “the one” when it pertains to people. Jesus sees “the one” as the most valuable number, and so should we.
Jesus is in the business of going after the one, and He is willing to do whatever it takes to go after the lost. Philip understood this. In this story found in Acts 8, Philip was obedient to listen to God and go after “the one” even though he didn’t know where it would end. That’s where God wants us to be every day, obedient without a doubt so we can efficiently chase after a moment to share Jesus, to encourage, or to give to “the one.”
Did you know that you were “the one” to someone? Before you started reading this, someone was obedient to tell you about this devotional and to encourage you to take a step deeper with Jesus. What if everyone was willing to go after “the one” in their everyday lives? I imagine we would go way beyond ninety-nine. If every single person went after “the one,” every single person would be able to experience, feel, and see the love of Jesus. No one would feel lonely; no one would be lost, and no one would be without Jesus. That’s the goal. Isn’t it? That no one would be without Jesus. To see this, we must be obedient with searching, teaching, and encouraging the lost in an instant, just like Philip did. Our obedience can lead to someone’s radical transformation. That’s why we must go after “the one.”
Thank You, Jesus, for sending someone to go after me when I was “the one.” Show me, every day, who I can encourage with Your love. Give me the boldness to recklessly chase after “the one,” just as You chased after me. I want to love like You love.
In Jesus' name, Amen
Which "one" are you starting with?
How are you choosing to search for "the one" in your day- to-day life?