One Thing (Monday Edition)

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David prayed in Psalm 27:4, “I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple.” One thing was his focus. An intimate and passionate relationship with God consumed him.

Paul said in Philippians 3:13-14, “Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” One thing was his focus. The goal of Christlikeness compelled him to more forward in his spiritual journey. In fact, for Paul, everything else was like filth compared to this one thing (Phil. 3:8).

Paul likewise instructed Timothy to train himself to be godly. To do so, Timothy would have to avoid all the godless chatter and legalistic principles surrounding him. He had to focus on the one thing of being transformed by God (1 Tim. 4:7-8).

The writer of Hebrews instructs us to throw off sin and everything else that hinders us from running the race that Christ has marked out for us (Heb. 12:1). One thing. The challenge is to get rid of anything that gets in the way of spiritual transformation (from Thom S. Rainer and Sam S. Rainer III, Essential Church).

We need to think about this. What is my one thing? You may have sung worship songs and hymns in church yesterday. They were reflections on God’s love for us, and our love for Him. Did you sing as if he was your one thing? Today, is he still your one thing? Or do other things overtake our love for God on Monday?

 

 

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