The Power of One
As of 2012, the truth is that there are 143 million orphaned children and 11 million who die from preventable diseases or who starve to death. There are far more than the estimated 8.5 million children who work as child slaves, prostitutes, and in other such conditions. And there are 2.3 million who live with HIV.
These numbers add up to approximately 164.8 million children with greater needs than any of mine.*
I just threw a lot of numbers at you. In fact, while I was checking these statistics, it kind of made me sick to think of the masses of children neglected and left to fend for themselves.
These numbers are really big and very daunting. They're so big that I can't even imagine them.
Just like when Jesus fed five thousand. I can't imagine that.
But Jesus understood something: there's a real person attached to every number.
I believe that we've become numb to statistics. I think, as a culture, we tend to think in bulk. We tend to ignore the one, even though five thousand begins by counting one.
A little bit ago, I had the opportunity to watch an online conference held by modern-day abolitionists and one of the speakers got up and simply said, "Every single one is worth the fight." And then she sat down.
She got it. She got what Jesus taught: that every single person is worth 100 percent. Every single person is worth every amount of energy we can give. When Jesus went to raise Lazarus, he walked for days. He walked for days for one man. Would we be willing to walk for days for one person?
Is that one person worth the fight?
Going back up to the previous statistics, also in 2012, there were 2.1 billion people claiming to believe in Christ as their Redeemer on this planet. From that number, if only 8 percent of those people would care for just one more child, then there would not be any of those previous statistics left.*
That's what all these crazy numbers are about: just help one more person.
We all can think of one person right now who could use a kind word or some other "small" act of encouragement. So why not do it? Although this person may not be one of the statistics I spouted off at the beginning here, they're still important, and they still need Jesus.
Because He counts everyone as important.
Because every great and amazing thing starts with one. Because that one is worth the fight.
* All statistics were taken from Katie Davis: author, missionary, and abolitionist
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