What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? Matthew 18:12 ESV
Nicole West, a pastor’s wife, didn’t grow up in a Christian environment. In fact, she became a drug addict and dealer. Through a series of circumstances, Nicole went to jail. This was the best thing that could’ve happened to Nicole. It was in this jail, she met Jesus.
Nicole was the only female in jail at the time. If there was only one female prisoner, the chaplain wasn’t required to come. However, she came for the one. It was this precious woman of God that introduced Nicole to Christ.
What if this chaplain decided one wasn’t worth coming for? I am so grateful for her faithfulness. It wasn’t about numbers to her, it was about reaching the one.
Do you struggle with feeling like you aren’t accomplishing much for Christ? I know I have. Perhaps your church is small or maybe it’s large and you feel unseen. When you meet a lady for coffee and listen to her and pray with her, you are reaching the one. When you see that single mom struggling just to make it to church and you treat her to lunch and listen to her story, you’re reaching the one. Only Heaven will reveal the impact you’ve had on others.
Every person is important to Jesus. No matter what their situation is. No matter what they look like or what “side of the tracks” they come from.
Nicole and her husband are powerfully impacting their community for Jesus Christ. It’s because of one lady willing to go for the one. Are you willing to give your time for the one? I promise you my friend, she’s worth it.
I believe this precious lady that reached out to Nicole will receive great recognition in heaven for the lives that have been changed through Nicole’s story.
Want to hear more about Nicole? Feel free to watch her story here.
What do you think holds pastors’ wives back from reaching out to the one?