4 And Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I perceive that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation any one who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.”
And Peter shared the Word, the Living Word of Jesus to the Gentiles. God wants every ONE to know and be saved.
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way. 3 This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 Who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time. (I Timothy 2:1-6)
“ONE” is a key word throughout scripture: ONE God. ONE Mediator. ONE Savior. The ONE lost sheep. The ONE prodigal son coming home. “Any ONE who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable.”
For each ONE, there is only ONE way, ONE truth, ONE light, ONE hope, ONE salvation.
Have we, like God and Jesus, focused on the ONE–or the many? Is it not the ONE with whom we can make the most difference? Is it not the ONE act of kindness that can start the change rippling outward?
We each have the ability to affect those around us, within our sphere of influence, ONE at a time. This effect can extend beyond us to others’ areas of influence and beyond them to where God’s direction leads.
What can I do when I am only one? I can be the ONE.
Unlike God, mankind, in general, tends to be partial. We look differently– at difference.
While working for 25 years with at-risk and special education students, I was in the special ed. “sped hall.” Some students, and even a few staff, would tend to avoid this hall. Other students who entered the hall did so with the intent to show disrespect, condescension, and maybe ridicule. Different can mean unacceptable, not the same worth, less than, maybe even something to fear. It is a perspective applied to skin color, race, sex, age, ability, body shape, and on and on.
God looks the same at difference because He sees the ONE. And that ONE is His–
a precious lost sheep, a son coming home,
a daughter-though a Samaritan,
a soul to be saved-though a thief on the cross,
you and me-yet sinners.
Can we see the ONE and not the many others we could associate with that ONE over time, history, events, perspective, opinion, inference?
ONE can effect change and bring souls to God.
CAN WE BE THE ONE to see the ONE.
(Sharon G. Tate 06/07/2020 blog) teacherforjesus.com Meditations on God’s Word