One Plus One

One plus one doesn’t always equal two. I’ve done the sums myself and I can see a great flaw in the mathematical equation taught from the moment we learn our 123’s.

No trick…I’m not the next Albert Einstein breaking down a rule of relativity held by men unquestioningly or untested. I’m just a young mum (ok, maybe not THAT young) who formed a hypothesis, tested a theory and has the evidence to prove it.

Here is my evidence: I am one person. I have only one brain, one heart and one soul. I have only one life to live and I will only have one physical death. I will only get one chance to kneel before the creator of heaven and earth, receive my once in eternity judgement and give account of my life.

Now, here is where the mathematical equation of one plus one equalling two fails. Almost 11 years ago I had another birth, that of a spiritual kind when I was born into a new family and received new life. From the moment I became a daughter to a King, my advocate Jesus Christ has been my plus one. He is with me when I sit up and rise. He is behind me and before me. Not even the uttermost parts of the sea would keep him from being my plus one. (Psalm 139). He is my constant companion.

In my powers of mathematical deduction, me plus Jesus Christ equals infinity. I can’t see it adding up any other way! There is nothing logical and sequential when you begin to understand Jesus. His plans and purposes for my life are nothing that I can plan, calculate and organise. I can’t simply do the sums and tick the boxes to have Him rule my life. Nor would I want to! His ways are higher than mine and His plans are greater than mine!

We can fall into the trap of thinking that if we do our one bible study a day, if we go to church once a week, if we do our one ministry then our spiritual life will balance with our secular life. There lies the danger. We are limiting the infinite with a number.

Imagine instead, if we lived seeking to be multiplied, to be greater than the sum of us. Imagine knowing that for all intents and purposes the maths doesn’t add up in our earthly brains yet we are being fulfilled. Somehow the provision is always there; somehow the impossible became possible.  Jesus can do that! He can and He wants to… with me… with you. So, I dare you to test my hypothesis, that if you add Jesus as your plus one, you will no longer equal two – your life will equal infinity.

Brooke Jackson

Fighting What Battle? (1 Sam 30:1-25)

David comes home with his 600 followers, [he’s not really sure where he fits as far as his countrymen go but he still is clear on his relationship with his God] only to find all the wives, children and possessions taken and the city burnt down. The Bible says that when David and his men realised what had happened, ‘They wept until they could weep no more’. So David asked God what to do, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?” God said, “Go! Fight! Recover what your enemy has taken!” But 200 of David’s men were so exhausted from mourning that they could not go and fight for their wives, children and possessions.

They had no energy left to fight the battle God had for them and worse still, the remaining 400 of David’s men had to do the work that 600 should have done. Thank God for His mighty provision! However the tired 200 missed out on fighting the battle. They missed out on fighting for their families.

How often do we in the church put our energy into fighting the wrong battle? Sadly, we are fighting to hold onto offences, bitterness or hurts from people inside the church, fighting for a ministry God wants to close in order for something to supersede it or perhaps fighting for our own reputation. Are these the battles God has in store for us?

Usually the battles God has for us are scary and God-sized, but He wants us involved. He wants us to fight for our families and friends. He wants us to recover everything that was taken from us and more – to make ground!

Where are your energies being spent? Are you too exhausted when God says, “Go! Fight! Recover what your enemy has taken!” or do you listen to God, asking Him, “Should I chase after this band of raiders? Will I catch them?”

Letoya Coates