Duane Boyett – Queen Creek Campus Pastor
“Plus-one” is a simple concept. You add one to anything and you have one more. It’s not rocket science, just simple math.
In our culture the term “plus-one” implies that you are bringing someone with you. A date, a companion, a spouse, a child, you get the idea. Having a plus-one is important because it means that you are not alone. There’s a great quote by Gregory Maguire that says: “One plus one equals both.” Both means that there is more than just me. Both means a possible connection, a possibility of caring and concern. Both is what a plus-one is all about.
Jesus was all about plus-one’s. Early in his ministry he began calling his disciples one by one: fishermen, tax collectors even a zealot. At times in his ministry he would stop in the midst of a busy crowd to find a plus-one. In one story Jesus stops in a large crowd to call a plus-one who is looking down from a sycamore tree. In Mark Chapter 5 we read a story of a plus-one who was in a crowd and out of options.
“A large crowd followed and pressed around him. 25 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. 26 She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better she grew worse. 27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.” 29 Immediately her bleeding stopped and she felt in her body that she was freed from her suffering.
30 At once Jesus realized that power had gone out from him. He turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?”
31 “You see the people crowding against you,” his disciples answered, “and yet you can ask, ‘Who touched me?’ ”
32 But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. 33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
This woman became a plus-one to Jesus, just like the others.
As a church, Central is all about owning our Faith. One of the marks of owning our faith is that “found people find people”. I want to challenge you to ask yourself two questions.
- Who are you praying for?
- Who are you inviting to church?
In other words, who is your plus-one? This simple concept is what the heart of Jesus is all about; seeking and saving those who are lost.
Every day we all come across people who need to know the love and grace of Jesus. Potential plus-one’s are all around us. I would encourage all of us to allow those two important questions to become a daily part of our lives…Who am I praying for? Who am I inviting to church?
Who is your plus-one?