The Plus Factor


To those in need of encouragement, give God your one percent and watch the Gracious One work.

In the fall of 2002 my wife was admitted to the hospital not knowing what was going wrong with her body. Everything that hit her stomach decided that it did not agree with her. She was six months pregnant with our daughter. She was admitted to Vanderbilt University Intensive Care Unit with a diagnosis of gestational diabetes and a blood sugar count of over 2500—she should have been dead or in a coma.

The neonatal doctors told us that we had a 99 percent chance that our unborn baby would not survive. We were devastated and began to question WHY us. That same week after the doctor’s report I was scheduled to preach. On that day I read my text Ruth 2:8-18 and my sermon topic “God and One Percent.” In this message as I preach to an awaiting congregation the Spirit of God was really preaching to me! I can remember the words of that Heaven sent message:

Sometimes life is downer! Everything points to can’t, ain’t, won’t, impossible. The doctor reads your ultimatum. You have a one percent chance to live. When you get the news of doom, add God to your gloom. You still have the possibility of pulling it off. Before any zero in any one-plus-zero equation is the plus sign. To live beneath God’s grace is to live beneath the cross—and Christ’s Cross is your plus sign. G.K. Chesterton said, “The cross cannot be defeated for it is defeat.”

He added the plus sign to the terror of facing the world alone. You are never quite against the world unaccompanied. It is always “you-plus,” and the plus sign is God’s invitation to add the Gracious One’s own presence in the configuration of your survival.

God plus one is all it takes. Countless persons have experienced the overwhelming generosity of God. For those who have experienced God’s mercy, report the news—God and one percent is enough for a miracle. To those in need of encouragement, give God your one percent and watch the Gracious One work. Jesus is in the plus factor business. And because God is the plus factor our daughter that we were told would not survive is an active healthy ten year old today!

Written by Willie McLaurin

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