Along the Journey

You never know what you have until you look a little closer. A man in Long Beach, California visited a flea market. As he was looking through some old paintings, he found one that looked interesting. It cost him $40 to buy the old print in the dusty frame. Out of curiosity, he stopped by a local art dealer’s shop for an appraisal. The dealer examined the painting and encouraged the man to take the print to another appraiser who had more experience with such things.

The second art dealer took his time studying the painting and referring to his numerous sources. He finally determined that it was a long-lost work of Jean Francois-Millet, who died in 1875. It didn’t take long for the new owner to agree to submit his find to an auction house in London. A $40 investment was expected to sell for $1,000,000. It makes you wonder what’s in your attic or what treasure you might find at the next garage sale!

What happens when you take a closer look? In our study of “The Power of One” we are trying to discover how our lives can have greater impact. Think about the power of one life:

  • One life where prayer becomes as natural as breathing
  • One life where tithing flows from a joyful, thankful heart
  • One life where service to others becomes a creative expression of love
  • One life where sharing a testimony of faith begins with a simple conversation

The power of one life devoted to God will reveal treasure we cannot imagine. Read the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. I remind you that the life of faith is a journey. Along the journey we begin to discover the value of what Paul wrote to the Ephesians: “For we are His masterpieces. He created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (Ephesians 2:10). Masterpieces were never meant for flea markets!

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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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