The Power of One

14 Jul

Power of One

There’s been a lot of repetition of the thought about the ‘power of one’ around me lately. In the stories I’ve read, the movies I’ve watched and the actions around me. There’s definite knowledge of the power of groups; when people form into a collective group and buy in to the purpose, there’s incredible power behind that.

However, the power of one is underrated and often unnoticed. It is those little actions by one individual that can completely shift the game around.

It’s like watching team sports. More often than not, there is the one act that enables the team to gain victory. It can be a huge tackle in AFL that stops a goal, it can be a big smother that stops the other team. It can be a shepherd or a bump that allows a teammate to get free with the ball. It can be a beautiful pass directed to a teammate that ends up in a goal. These little actions make up the whole game. I will never forget the little toe poke that a Geelong Footballer did; this action allowed teammate, Paul Chapman to kick the goal which won Geelong the premiership. A single act.

Some examples I’ve noticed lately are when I watched the movie, ‘The Lone Survivor’, there was the act by one Afghan, that ended up saving the life of an American Navy. In ’12 years a Slave’ there was the act of a Canadian that delivered the slave to freedom and back to his family (both movies are true stories). In the Bible, there’s the influence of Noah, Moses, Joseph, who all enabled God’s promise to be carried out. Ultimately there is the one historical figure who completely changed the world – Jesus Christ. His life is a huge testament to how one can change everything. He taught people, raised disciples and sacrificed his life for the whole world to gain it.

The lesson is this: Never ever underestimate your influence. No matter where you are in life or what position you hold. You have incredible influence and power through your thoughts, words and actions.

Matthew 5:13-16 – “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”


As a person, studying to be a pastor, I often neglected my influence and power. Assuming that I will obtain it when I assume the role as a Pastor. God revealed otherwise. He showed the incredible power/influence I had as a Christian and representative of Him. It really hit me hard. I began to realise how my actions have repercussions, It showed me that I needed to bring discipline in my life and step up my game in order to be positioned in the right place; so it can allow me to glorify God through my influence (actions and words).

Never underestimate the power of one. It has the impact to send a ripple effect that will change the lives of one and many.


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