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Great Lengths for Just One

Instructor: Aliene Thompson

He went to great lengths to reach her. Jesus crossed all cultural boundaries and social norms to journey to the well at Samaria and wait to speak with just one woman. He was weary from his long trip, but she was worth his journey (John 4:4-8).

Great lengths for just one. I just love this about Jesus – don’t you?

“Suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she will call her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” (Luke 15: 8-10, emphasis mine).

Sometimes when we make great efforts but reach only one, we may become weary from our journey. We might even question if we are really making a difference. Are all our efforts worth so much time and energy?

The world would say success is found only in the fulfillment of great numbers. However, Jesus found fulfillment in just being faithful to do his Father’s will (John 4:34). Sometimes this meant going to great lengths for just one.

Do you feel defeated because you don’t see the results you expected? Take heart today by considering his heart. Jesus went to great lengths for just one. And now He calls you and me to do the same.

“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)

Nothing you do for the Lord is useless, brave heart. Nothing!

If you measure results with the world’s value system of numbers, you may become frustrated and feel defeated. When you are tempted to lose heart, remember the heart of Jesus, who went to great lengths to go after one.

Focus on being faithful and let Jesus take care of the fruit.

Your labor to share his love with others is never wasted – even if it reaches just one. Remain strong and immovable in your calling by remembering the heart of Jesus, who went to great lengths for just one.

In our world where success is measured by amounts and numbers, isn’t it refreshing to look through the heart of Jesus to find fresh wind for our sails?

True success is never determined by numbers but by knowingly fulfilling God’s will for your life.

When you are tempted to lose heart in your labor to share his love, remember the heart of Jesus, who went to great lengths to go after ONE.


Nourish Scripture: John 4:4-34

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