In our society we put a lot of emphasis on numbers. Social security numbers are used to identify us. House numbers are used to locate our houses. Phone numbers are used to contact each other.
We use numbers to track things such as time and purchases. We use numbers to grade athletic and academic performance. And of course, numbers are the essence of money and finances. We place importance on numerical things like whether we have a 6 figure salary or 5 figure salary, how much is in our bank accounts, and how much what we have and do not have costs.
Numbers are great. I don’t know where we would be without the number system. I am not trying to criticize our society for the focus we put on numbers. Rather, I am challenging us today to put emphasis on the right numbers.
So let’s talk numbers. Seven, the number of days it took for God to create the heavens and the earth and all that dwells within them. Forty, the number of days and nights the Israelites wandered in the desert before entering the Promised Land. Twelve, the number of disciples that obeyed the call to follow Jesus. Seventy times seven, the number of times we are to forgive each other (although Jesus was really just using this large number to symbolize every time). Three, the number that makes up the Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. One, one birth that brought hope to the whole world. One, one death that tore the veil and made a way for everyone to come before the Father. One, one resurrection that promises eternal life to those who claim Christ as their Savior. One, one King to reign forever.
And lastly two, the number of choices we have here on earth- accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and dwell forever with Him or reject Christ in our hearts and burn in eternal fire. Christ will come again to take those that belong to Him. Choose today to let Him into your heart. Choose today to focus on no other number but number 1, Jesus Christ our one and only Savior, Lord, and King.