Who's Your One?

READ: Mark 2:23–28
So then, the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.
Mark 2:28, CSB

Have you ever heard the saying, “Too much of a good thing can be unhealthy?” Sometimes, this old proverb can be very true. For instance, salt is good, but an excess amount can be unhealthy. We know ice cream is good in moderation, but too much can cause you to have to shop for new jeans.

A “good thing” can also be very dangerous when it’s used in a wrong or legalistic way. Many times, as Christians, we fall prey to worshiping instruments used in praising God instead of God Himself. There are times when we are guilty of worshiping styles more than worshiping the Savior and care more about preferences than we do the Prince of Peace.

In Mark 2:23–28, the Pharisees approached Jesus because His disciples had plucked some grain on the Sabbath day. The Pharisees had become so legalistic that they had turned the Sabbath day into a burdensome kind of straight jacket. Jesus told the Pharisees that the Sabbath is not a day created for its own sake, but it is a gift from God as a day of rest to meditate and worship Him. Have you found yourself relying on the instruments of God for worship more than God Himself? If you feel you cannot worship God because of certain ministry styles, repent of that today! Realize that music, church and ministry styles are ultimately just instruments and gifts of God used to worship Him.

PRAY: Ask God to always protect your heart from making idols out of things that are intended to help you worship the one true God.

ACT: Make a list of 10 reasons why Jesus is the only One worthy of your worship. You’ll be most effective at evangelism when you do it from the overflow of your own worship of Jesus.

READ: Matthew 9:9–13
Now when he heard this, he said, “It is not those who are well who need a doctor, but those who are sick.”
Matthew 9:12, CSB

Do you know anyone who is super stubborn when it comes to going to the doctor? They could be “sick as a dog” and suffering with extreme pain, but they will not see a doctor. It can be aggravating—they know they’re sick. They know that they need help, but they still refuse to go to someone who can help.

Jesus came into a world full of sick people. He said, “For I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners” (Matthew 9:13). Then, in Romans 3:10, it says, “There is no one righteous, not even one.” The truth is that everyone has been infected with a disease called “sin,” and the end result is death. Jesus is the only Physician in heaven and earth who has the cure for our disease. However, He only seeks
those who are sick, realize they’re sick and want the cure. When we turn to Him as our solution, only then can we receive help from the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.

There must come a point in everyone’s life where they say, “I am sick of the disease called ‘sin,’ and I need help!” Do you think your one has reached that point? Do they realize that they’re sick, or are they still refusing the cure?

PRAY: Ask God to reveal to your one that sin has made them spiritually sick. Ask Him to make them sick of being sick, so they will be ready to believe in the Great Physician—Jesus.

ACT: Call, text or DM your one today, and ask, “How are you doing today?” Ask, “How can I pray for you?” If they open the door by mentioning a struggle, obediently walk through that door of opportunity by pointing them to the Great Physician—Jesus.

READ: Mark 2:1–12
Immediately he got up, took the mat, and went out in front of everyone. As a result, they were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”
Mark 2:12, CSB

Have you ever heard the old adage, “Actions speak louder than words?” I know personally that if someone tells me they can do something, that’s fine, but I want to see them do it.

Jesus was faced with this challenge constantly. However, unlike us, He was able to do what He said He could do every single time without fail. In Mark 2, Jesus literally has a paralyzed man dropped through the roof into His lap. Knowing that the man’s spiritual sickness was of more importance than his physical condition, Christ decided to heal his soul first. Jesus said, “Son, your sins are forgiven” (v.5). However, the scribes within the crowd responded in their hearts, “Who can forgive sins but God alone” (v.7)? 

Then, the Son of God did something that provided action to His ability to forgive sins. What He did showed the crowd a miracle that they could see, so that they could believe in His ability to perform miracles that they couldn’t see. “Immediately he got up, took the mat, and went out in front of everyone. As a result,
they were all astounded and gave glory to God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this’” (v.12)!
God is truly all-powerful. When He makes a promise, He has the power to see it through.

PRAY: Pray for the all-powerful God to open up the heart of your one to receive Him, so that He will forgive their sins.

ACT: Write down several ways that God has shown His power to you. Know that when you share the gospel, you’re sharing about the all-powerful God.

READ: Luke 7:18–35
To what then should I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?
Luke 7:31, CSB

See if you can relate to this scenario:
Person 1: “Are you hungry?”
Person 2: “Yes, I am.”
Person 1: “What are you hungry for?”
Person 2: “It doesn’t matter. I will eat anything.”
Person 1: “How about hamburgers?”
Person 2: “No, not hamburgers. Anything but hamburgers.”
Person 1: “Ok, how about pizza?”
Person 2: “No, not pizza either!”

We’ve all been involved in situations like this! Often, we know we want something, but we’re just not sure what it is. Many times, we know that we need change, but we don’t like the answers to our problems. What did Jesus have to say about His generation? He pretty much tells them that they have no idea what they want. He said, “For John the Baptist did not come eating bread or drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners’” (Luke 7:33–34)!

Often, we come across people who are exactly the same way as these Pharisees were. In fact, you may have been like this many times in your life. Your one may know that they have a certain problem—they may even want to be set free from it—but they don’t like the answer to the problem or what it takes to overcome it.

PRAY: Spend some time praying and thanking God that He is exactly what you need. He is the answer. He is our hope.

ACT: Start making a plan on how you’re going to have a gospel conversation with your one. Remember, just like Jesus is your greatest need; He is also their greatest need.

READ: Matthew 7:1–12
Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:12, CSB

Before I was truly saved, I was a very religious person. That sounds kind of weird, doesn’t it? Can you be religious and not be born again? Of course, you can! I went to church, read my Bible every once in a while and was a leader in my church youth group. I would get drunk with friends on Saturday night and teach Sunday school the next morning with a hangover. There was no way I could have an effect on leading my lost friends to Jesus when I acted no differently than they did. I later found out that I truly didn’t know Him for myself.

In the beginning of Matthew 7, Jesus issues a challenge to those who are trying to lead in spiritual matters. He asks, “How are you going to teach someone in righteousness or lead them to God when you are just as lost as they are?” He then teaches us that we must have a right relationship with Him, and we are to lead others by example.

I am now saved, serve with the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and have opportunities to preach and share the gospel all over the nation. One thing I have learned is that I cannot expect anything from others if my own relationship with Christ is not in order. I also won’t have an effect on the spiritually lost if my life is not distinctly different from their lives. Basically, you can’t give away something
that you don’t have yourself. Do you personally know Jesus?

PRAY: Reflect and ask God, “Do I really belong to You?” If the answer is “no,” right now, pray to Christ and surrender your life to Him. Romans 10:9 is a great verse to help.

ACT: If you already belong to Jesus, share your story by video recording your testimony in 60-seconds or less. Tell who you were before you met Jesus, how you met Jesus and who you are now because of Jesus. Post that on all your social media platforms and be sure to hashtag #WhosYour1.

READ: Matthew 6:19–24
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.
Matthew 6:20, CSB

What would you do if I offered you a piece of candy, then I opened the wrapper, took out the candy and gave you the empty wrapper, while keeping the candy for myself? Even though the wrapper is really attractive and colorful, you would most likely say in a frustrated tone, “Hey! Thanks for nothing, man!”

Jesus teaches us a valuable lesson here in Matthew 6:19–24. He tells us plainly that God wants what is on the inside as well. Many people spend their whole lives trying to make their wrappers as attractive and colorful as possible, while neglecting to focus on what really matters—our soul. The American Dream is a trap of investing your entire life into striving after the best house, the best car, the best clothes, the best-looking spouse, etc.

How sad the day will be for someone to appear in front of God trying to present Him with an empty wrapper. Put your time, energies, and devotion into what is on the inside. Realize that your “wrapper” stays here while your soul and spirit goes on!

PRAY: Ask God to reveal to you what you’re focusing on the most. Is it your wrapper or what’s on the inside? Plead with Him to give you a passion to focus on what matters.

ACT: Focus today on what you are preparing to take before God. Focusing on the Spirit to prepare your heart, mind and soul makes you a more effective witness for Him. Share the gospel with your one out of the overflow of your own worship of Jesus.

READ: Matthew 5:21–48
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Matthew 5:48, CSB

Right in the middle of His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls for His followers to act totally different from the rest of the world. He calls them to act in ways that contradict the natural tendencies of our human nature.
Today let’s look at Jesus’ revolutionary ideas:
- Be the one to initiate in reconciling a broken relationship (v.21–26).
- Do not even think about committing sin. Intentionally avoid all sinful situations (v.27–30).
- Do not go back on your word. If you make a commitment, then keep it (v.33–37).
- Go above and beyond what people expect from you. Don’t settle for mediocrity when helping others (v.38–42).
- Love your enemies. Do good to those who persecute you and pray for those who intentionally hurt you (v.43–48).
Jesus asks us to live completely opposite to that which is normal or comfortable for us. This is undoubtedly a very difficult lifestyle, but it is exactly what will attract the attention of a lost world. Let’s blow some minds for Christ’s sake by putting these truths into practice!

PRAY: Ask God to show you areas of your life where you need to trust Him and live differently. Ask Him for the strength to walk in obedience to what He shows you.

ACT: Take the time to think about what truths from above you can put into practice every day of your life starting today. Let your one see something different in you. When they ask you about it, the Holy Spirit is opening a door to point them to Jesus.

READ: Matthew 5:13–16
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your
good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16, CSB

There are many Christians who believe that they are to separate themselves from the world completely. They feel that the more they hide themselves, the more spiritual they become. There are also many who purposely do not have any contact with the outside world. In fact, many churches have come to adopt this same mentality. They want their same small group of people in the church, and they don’t want anyone coming in who is different. Church has become a private little club to them.

However, Jesus taught that we are not to separate ourselves from the world. We are to engage and influence our country and the
towns we live in. Jesus implored His followers to be salt and light. Light breaks darkness and attracts those who are in need of seeing. Jesus told His listeners not to hide their light in shame. We need followers of Christ who are not scared to have God shine through them so brightly that they affect the world around them.

PRAY: Thank Jesus for being the Light of the World. Ask Him to daily shine through you as you go out to be a light for others, so they may see God’s glory through you.

ACT: Write down some practical ways that you can allow God to shine through you while you’re around your one, so they may be drawn to the Light of the World. 

READ: Luke 4:1–13
But Jesus answered him, “It is written: Man must not live on bread alone.”
Luke 4:4, CSB

One of the smartest marketing schemes I have ever fallen victim to happened at an amusement park. While waiting in line for two hours to ride a popular roller-coaster in 100-degree weather, I came face to face with what my heart and soul desired. Right in front of my eyes was this huge metal trough full of ice-cold bottled water. My shirt was drenched from sweat, and my mouth was dry, but these problems could all be tamed with this five-dollar bottled water. Needless to say, I gave in to the temptation and bought one of the most expensive bottled waters imaginable!

Jesus had been in the hot, dry and treacherous desert for 40 days. You can imagine how hungry, thirsty and exhausted He must have been. Since Jesus was extremely hungry, it was only fitting for Satan to tempt Him to turn stones into bread. However, Jesus refused to give into the tempter. He knew that His obligation to please the Father was more important than pleasing His flesh. Jesus was hungry, so Satan tempted Him with food. Satan knows our weaknesses, so it only makes sense for him to tempt us with the things that we desire. If you struggle with lust, Satan probably isn’t going to lure you with gossip. If you struggle with gossiping, he is not going to waste his time tempting you with alcohol.

PRAY: Ask God to protect your heart and mind from the schemes of the enemy. Also, ask Him to give you the strength and faith to walk away from temptation when it comes your way.

ACT: Know your weaknesses and be ready to combat Satan in those areas before he ever tempts you. Today, start memorizing Scripture that applies to the things you struggle with. Your one will have a hard time listening to you if you’re lifestyle doesn’t look any different than theirs.

READ: Matthew 3:13–17
And a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased.”
Matthew 3:17, CSB

What a startling concept we find in these verses. We all know that baptism is a symbol of repentance and a visual illustration of dying in your old life and rising to newness in Christ’s righteousness. So, with this in mind, why is Jesus being baptized? Jesus was perfect, holy, righteous and was in no need of repentance.

John the Baptist tried to prevent Him from being baptized, but Jesus said, “Allow it for now, because this is the way for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15). Jesus Christ was absolutely obedient in all aspects to the will of the Father. Everything He requires of us, He did before us. He was baptized to show His identification with the Father, and we are to be baptized to show our identification
with Christ.

God the Father confirms His perfect identification with Jesus, evidenced by the Spirit descending on Him like a dove, and verbally expressing, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased” (Matthew 3:17). It has been confirmed that Jesus is the Son of the Father. He is our perfect example in whom we are to identify ourselves. If your identification is in Christ, then you should know that the Father is well pleased.

PRAY: Take some time thanking Jesus for the work He did in making possible the way to know God the Father as our Heavenly Father.

ACT: If you’re a follower of Jesus, write this statement down right now at least 10 times—“Because of Jesus, my Heavenly Father is pleased with me.” This will be important to remember while sharing the gospel with people. If they reject the gospel when you share it, your Father is not disappointed in you. In fact, He is glorified by your obedience to share.

READ: Mark 1:1–8
He proclaimed, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals.”
Mark 1:7, CSB

If you’re a boxing fan, you know at main-event boxing matches that there are always under-card bouts. Under-card bouts are often fights between two lesser- known boxers designed to get the crowd ready for the main event, which is the championship fight between the two heavy-weight boxers.
Maybe you are not a boxing fan; instead, you may be a fan of food. When you go to a restaurant, you have the appetizer—a small dish to prepare you for the better main course meal that is soon coming.
John the Baptist told the crowds who came out to hear him preach, “One who is more powerful than I am is coming after me.” People knew that John the Baptist was a prophet sent from God, and his words were to be heeded. However, they must have been stunned to hear John saying, “I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the strap of his sandals.” John was just the “under-card” or “appetizer”
to get the people ready for the most important of all, Jesus Christ!
You must realize that church does not take the place of Jesus, books about Him do not replace Him and music cannot take the place of His greatness. Our job as believers is to point people to the One, who is greater than anything—Jesus.

PRAY: Ask God to forgive you of the moments where you made things more important than Him in your life.

ACT: Evaluate your life. Is there anything more important than Jesus? If so, turn your focus back on Jesus. You’re preparing your heart to be ready to point
your one to the One, who is greater.

READ: John 1:1–5, 14–18
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory
as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14, CSB

Have you ever thought to yourself, “If God is real, then why doesn’t He just reveal Himself? Why won’t He just speak to us in a loud audible voice saying, ‘Hey, here I am! This is what I’m like!’?” If God would just let us all see Him, then surely everyone would believe. After all it’s really hard for mankind to believe in someone they can’t see or touch.
Guess what? That is exactly what God did! He showed Himself and spoke to us through Jesus Christ.
John 1 presents to us a beautiful idea of who Jesus is. He is the perfect representation of what God the Father is really like. God revealed Himself to His creation, and many still did not believe. In fact, they crucified Him!
Realize today that you serve a God who loves you so much that He took the time to reveal Himself to you through His Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say ‘Show us the Father?’”

PRAY: Take time today thanking Him for revealing Himself to us through Jesus Christ.

ACT: Remind yourself that when you tell your one about Jesus, you’re telling them about God.

READ: Mark 1:16–20
“Follow me,” Jesus told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” Mark 1:17, CSB

In Mark 1, Jesus calls Peter, Andrew, James and John to drop their nets and follow Him. Notice they didn’t say, “Hey, we will just catch you the next time you come through town,”or, “Hey, we will follow you and listen to what you have to say, but don’t ask us to do anything.” In fact, what the men did was drop what they were doing and follow Him. They were taught by Him and then put His teaching into practice by fishing for people. Now, they didn’t always get it right, nor did they always fully understand what Jesus was asking them to do. In fact, early on, they got it wrong more than they got it right. However, they were on a journey of following Jesus, and once they received the Holy Spirit, they grew tremendously. They went “all in” with their faith, and God would turn the world upside down through these ordinary men who decided to follow an extraordinary Jesus! Before being used to reach people with the message of Jesus, their first step was to “drop their nets.” They had to drop their past, drop their comforts, and drop anything that would distract them from the primary call on their lives— to know Jesus and to make Him known.

PRAY: Take time to pray and thank God for saving you. Ask Him, “Who should my one be?”

ACT: Go to WhosYourOne.com. Place the name and location of your one on the interactive map and commit to pray for them by name every day.