It Starts With One

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It Starts With One

By Zelda Dominguez

My sister and I became Christians by the death of a friend who was a new believer, but had boldly shared his faith with us. Lawrence Jordan’s love and passion for Christ radically change our lives.  Isn’t it amazing how one individual can make such a powerful and lasting impact that shapes who we are?

As we attended church, our mom was curious why we were going; we began to share our newfound love of the Lord. She started coming to church. On the seventh week she accepted Christ. She excitedly told my dad what she had done, and asked him to church. To all of our amazement he committed his life to Christ. This changed our family and in time two brothers, their wives and family all became believers.

It starts with one. What I mean is it only takes one person to make a difference. A pastor once said, we all have the ability to impact a person for good, or for bad. That’s a strong statement, but so true. In what way are you having an effect on those around you? Many will say you are only one person and how can that make a difference? One person can touch others.

“For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”

– Romans. 5:19

I’m reminded of two men in the Bible who impacted the world individually. It speaks of the first and last Adam. What the first Adam undid, the second Adam repairs.

But who is this first Adam? God created Adam the first man in His image. Adam, representing mankind, was given dominion over the created world (Genesis 1:26).

Adam was initially innocent, sinless, and holy; he was in a right relationship to God. Genesis 2:16-17 shows us, “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.’ But through his disobedience, it involved all humanity in his defeat, dragging the human race down with him. Because of the first Adam’s sin, death came upon all men, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

But who is this second Adam? Jesus Christ who was also perfectly man and one with God, innocent, sinless, and holy.

Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven” (1 Corinthians 15: 47).

Jesus did this once and for all when he offered himself as the sacrifice for the people’s sins. He gives eternal life to those who receive Him and believe on His name, giving them power to become the sons of God.” In His death on the cross, he paid the penalty for mankind’s sin. But he didn’t stay dead, he rose again!

Second Corinthians 5:21 states, For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” Jesus, was victorious over sin, the flesh, and the devil. As a result, in Christ, believers stand justified and redeemed, spiritually wealthy, liberated from sin.

“Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.”

– Romans 5:18

“So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.”

– 1 Corinthians 15:21

Through one there was great failure and through the other a great victory. We are all affected by the first Adam and included in the sentence of death which God pronounced on him. But those who desire to be connected to Jesus through repentance and faith in His redeeming work, are forgiven, have received the free gift of righteousness, and so have passed from death to life.

“For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.”

– Romans 5:17

I pray that you first receive God’s gift of salvation. Then go out and make a difference in someone’s life, in your home, on your street, in your city, and in the world. Mother Teresa said, If  you can’t feed a hundred, feed one.” It starts with you and one person at a time. Share the good news of the gospel, and do an act of kindness. When measured to the vastness of the world, these acts may feel insignificant, but to the person whose life you have touched, the significance can become profound.

Heidi Willis aptly stated, To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”

In our lives there’s that one person that made an impact in your life for good. Who is it in your life? Be that person in someone else’s life. Look for opportunities to serve others and thank those that have been of service to you.

Let us choose to change the world rather than have the world change us.