The power of one is so great that if you missed that one then the million would not be complete. One is sometimes underestimated, undervalued, looked down upon, but one + one becomes two and three and ten and hundreds, thousands, millions. You get the drift.
The power of one is well illustrated in the Bible specifically in Luke 15, here is where we see the parable of the lost sheep, lost coin and the prodigal son. But purposes of one matter will focus on the parable of the lost sheep.
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
Luke 15:1-7 NIV
The parable of the sheep is such a beautiful story of each one of us, it is personal, as at one point or another we have been the lost sheep or are the lost sheep. The beauty of the story is the love the shepherd has for this lost sheep that he leaves the 99 to go searching for the lost one.
I learned this lesson in another setting, a few years ago I was working in a coffee factory. The working entailed receiving the coffee cherry pulping it and fermenting, washing and drying the parchment. The problem is that the beans can easily get lost in the process. In my case the pulping machine being used was 98% accurate that meant some beans would end up in the trash. Now to save the bean one had to ensure that after milling/ pulping you went to where the everything collected and picked the beans before they fermented and went to waste. The other point is the washing stage. After the beans have fermented and mucilage is gone, you have to wash and we use density to grade the bean with the best quality being the heaviest. Once more if you are not careful the beans can be left in the tanks and they get rotten. So one needs to ensure everything is clean, the danger is that if you don’t clean your tank and the rotten beans get into your next bunch there is a probability of that one bean lowering the cup quality in the cupping/ tasting process. The drying process is crucial once you start the drying process the worst enemy is water. Check the weather and storage. Remember It’s all a worthwhile process as you enjoy you cup of coffee. The owner of these factory has a motto “take care of every bean, money has been spent on it” in essence if you loose the beans it’s like you throwing away money.
It is almost unbelievable how similar the care is needed whether you are taking care of sheep or coffee. The emphasis being that every sheep, every bean is valuable.
It is with these lessons that at A Second Chance Consults we came up with the core value that “one person matters”
And how appropriate in that we work with persons struggling with addiction to sex, those our midst as a body of Christ who get lost in the web of deceit from the enemy.
In living the core value, we have a provided a forum of anyone in sex addiction to come no judgement and we walk with them as they receive the love and healing of Jesus.
Know there is help and we want to walk with you in your journey of reconciliation, redemption, love and healing.
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