The Power of One

He was full of exuberance, boldness, and confidence as a young man. He was ready to take on the world. His mantra was “Let me at ‘em.” He lifted this prayer to heaven: “Lord, give me the energy to change the world!”


Time passed. As he approached middle age, he had lowered his sights a bit. Now he prayed: “Lord, give me the wisdom to change all those who come into my life. If I can just change my family and my friends, I will be content.”


Time passed. As he grew older, he realized his days were numbered. Then he prayed, “Lord, give me the grace to change myself.” He thought to himself, “If I had prayed this prayer at the beginning, my life would have counted for much more.”


It is still amazing what God can do with one life transformed by His grace. Change matters most when it occurs in your life and mine. I may not be able to change the world, but I can have an impact on my world. We are called to let the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit, the same power that raised Christ from the dead, to flow through us. Paul, a man who knew what a changed-life really looked like, wrote to the Romans: “Do not be conformed by this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).


We begin a new series entitled “The Power of One” at Wieuca  ( – learning from the lives of some known and some not-so-well-known characters in the Bible. You and I get one chance at this – one life to live.


What would you ask God for today?

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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