The Value of One
by: Dr. Bob Gray Sr.
Psalm 142:1-4, “I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. I looked on my right hand and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.”
In the psalm above, David was in the cave alone being chased by Saul who vowed to kill him. While thinking of his situation he said, “I looked on my right hand and refuge failed me and no man cared for my soul.”
John 5:7 says, “The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.”
This verse brings a similar sad note. Thirty-eight years this man had been carried to the pool of Bethesda with one hope, and that one hope was that he might be placed into the water after it was troubled because the first crippled person to be placed into the water would be healed. However, the Scripture says, “…Sir, I have no man…”
One man, Shamgar, took an ox goad and killed six hundred Philistines. One man, John Knox, saved Scotland. One man, D. L. Moody, heard it said that the world has yet to see what God could do with one man totally sold out to God. On man, Aaron, stood between the living and the dead.
John Knox saved Scotland, D. L. Moody saved America and England, Billy Sunday saved America and Charles Spurgeon was used of God to saved England. Apparently one man can make a difference. The value of one!
I fear that we cry, “God save America,” when we should be crying, “God saved Joe, Joyce, Harry, Susan, Sam, Carol, Mary, George, Elizabeth, Billy, Harriet, Tom, Rose, and Jack.”
Jeremiah 5:1 says, “Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.”
Here is a country ready for destruction, and God tells Jeremiah to go find ONE man seeking truth. All Jeremiah had to do was find ONE man seeking truth and present the truth to him, and after he received it go find another ONE seeking the truth and then go find another ONE seeking the truth then God said He would spare the city.
What will save America is God save Harry not America. When God saves Bob, Dan, Bill, Willy, Ken, Mike, Ray, Rob, Scott, Kevin, James, Paul, and Tony, then God will save America.
Nebuchadnezzar is coming from Babylon and his ruthless fierce army is about to come down on Jerusalem. In just a few days the women will be ravished and raped. In just a few days every house in the city will be leveled. In just a few days people will take their own children, because of a famine and kill them and eat their flesh. God said, “Run up and down the streets and look for ONE man seeking truth.”
It appears that young men of God desire to be a D. L. Moody, Dr. Lee Roberson, Dr. Jack Hyles, Dr. Curtis Hutson, Dr. Tom Malone or a Dr. John R. Rice, when in reality they should realize that any one can win one to the Lord and attract the attention of the God of these men. If I can just win ONE man to Christ, I will attract God and He is the One who will accomplish the work. God does not need a bunch of talented pretty boys to spare America. God does not need a bunch of physical specimens to save America. ONE man seeking the truth and trusting Christ, and any modern day Nebuchadnezzar can be stopped.
What God desires to have is for someone to run through the streets looking for ONE person seeking the truth. Lot didn’t, Lot’s wife didn’t, Lot’s daughters didn’t, Lot’s in-laws didn’t and the result is that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. God did not say that if someone could just sing like Ray Hart or Paul Duckett He would spare the city, but if any one would just win one that God would do His part to spare the city. Young man of God, you may not be able to preach like an R. G. Lee, but you can go up and down the streets of your city looking for ONE man seeking truth and give him that truth.
Unfortunately the cry today is for “Revival” which folks believe will result in souls saved. NO, NO, NO, and another NO! Winning souls is right if there is never a revival. With this logic we can sit on our duff and blame God if people do not trust Christ. God’s children are to win souls regardless. Soul wining precedes revival. Revival does not precede soul winning.
Someone says, “God’s never going to give revival until everyone in the church is right with God.” My dear friend then there will never be revival. So, if God doesn’t move in and bring revival we can obviously blame Him and we are free of blame? Then God’s people can sit and wait! NO! Mark 16:14-15, “Afterward he appeared unto the eleven, as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”
From Mark 16 to Acts 2, the local church grew form 11 to 120 and that was accomplished in 50 days and that is not bad. The truth is soul winning is right whether there is revival or not. What happened after they obeyed the command to personally win souls? The Holy Spirit came upon them and revival broke out! Too many are sitting in their church pews or standing on the front porch of the church thinking today might be the day for our Pentecost without ever knocking on a door or going up and down the streets looking for ONE man seeking truth, and then giving him that truth.
In Jeremiah 5:1, God wanted to put the thing that would save a nation within the grasp of every child of God, and that is go until you find ONE person who is seeking the truth and then give him truth. God will not spare a nation because of the idle righteous, but because of the active righteous. It is not a matter of not being righteous, but rather not doing righteousness. Proverbs 14:34 says, “Righteousness exalted a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” It is the doing of righteousness not the being righteous that exalts a nation!
Thus, we are to seek ONE person seeking truth and then give him truth. God is not looking for a rich man, poor man, white man, black man, old man, young man, female, male, strong man or a weak man. God says to His children, “I want you to seek ONE man seeking truth and give him truth and I will take care of the city, nation or church.” The Scripture doesn’t say how big, little, old, young, pretty, ugly, what IQ, talent or education. God simply told us to go up and down the streets looking for ONE seeking truth and give him truth.
Scripture doesn’t say what profession, He just says find someone seeking truth and give him truth. Think about what ONE man could have prevented? ONE saved woman or man could have spared the destruction of Nebuchadnezzar’s army. The mightiest fighting force on the face of the Earth could have been stopped by ONE salvation decision of a man or woman.
If Lot or his family had just won ONE person to the Messiah, then Sodom and Gomorrah could have been spared. AMAZING!
Revelation 3:20 says, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man ear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Jesus is standing at the door of a church, which happened to be the worst of all in the Bible. It was a church that was a people pleasing, compromising church. It was a church that was run by ecclesiastical heads, a church that had popularity without convictions, and a church that was the wickedest church in all the Scriptures, but Jesus was knocking at the door.
This is amazing! Jesus is saying if ANY man, if the staff, deacons, school teachers, college staff or assistant pastors will open the door He would come in! Someone said, “As long as one person in the church is not right with God we’ll never be blessed of God.” The trouble is God says the opposite because according to God all it takes is ONE man to open the door.
Matthew 16:18 says, “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” As long as any local church will attack the gates of Hell by seeking ONE seeking truth and giving him the truth of salvation, then the gates of Hell cannot prevail.
Luke 15:7,10 says, “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
ONE soul saved, and that could have kept the powerful Nebuchadnezzar from destroying Jerusalem and the Temple. Just ONE soul saved could have prevented God’s people from being taken captive for seventy long years. ONE soul saved could have prevented the Temple from being leveled. Just ONE soul saved could have brought those folks back to freedom to rebuild the temple and their homes. Just ONE soul saved could have spared Sodom and Gomorrah. Just ONE soul saved could spare a New Testament church.
THE VALUE OF ONE
- One soul saved can spare a home.
- One soul saved can spare a church.
- One soul saved can spare a city.
- One soul saved can spare a nation.
- God needs ONE man seeking ONE man seeking truth.
- God will respond to ONE man spreading truth.
- Soul winning precedes revival.
- Revival follows soul winning.
- Any one can lead souls to the Saviour.
Dr. Bob Gray Sr.