One person can make a difference. You don’t have to be a vocational minister, an evangelist, or a missionary to reach the unreached in your sphere of influence. When Jesus, in Matthew 24, said “And this Gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations,” He wasn’t limiting this charge to global ministries. Each one of us can share Jesus with someone, especially one at a time.
A compelling story illustrating this occurred in the 19th Century, a time when the internet and mass media were non-existent.
In 1855, a Sunday school teacher named Edward Kimball led a seventeen-year-old shoe clerk named Dwight L. Moody to Christ. D. L. Moody began a ministry that reached millions of people, and in one service, he preached and awakened the heart of a young pastor named F. B. Meyer, who then preached on college campuses.
One of Meyer’s converts was Wilbur Chapman. After attending a D. L. Moody campaign, Chapman became
Moody’s co-worker and hired an ex-baseball player, Billy Sunday, to be his assistant. Sunday became a great evangelist and held crusades across America, including in Charlotte, North Carolina. A group of local businessmen in Charlotte were touched by Sunday’s ministry and began praying for greater local outreach. They invited a minister by the name of Mordecai Ham to preach at a tent meeting in Charlotte in 1934.
On November 1, 1934, during the tent meeting, a sixteen-year-old boy came forward to receive Christ. That sixteen-year-old boy was Billy Graham, who became one of the most effective evangelists of all time, seeing more than two million people respond to the invitation to receive Christ at his crusades.
And where did it all start? With a Sunday School teacher reaching one.
Yes, when one person is saved, there is rejoicing in heaven! But a dramatic, tangible, and powerful potential on Earth is also released. I believe God is calling us to live like Jesus and focus on the ONE. And if we will focus on the one, He will unlock the multitudes.
This excerpt was taken from the brand-new book, The Power of One by Dr. Billy Wilson.
Available now at www.drbillywilsonbooks.com
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