Glimpses of grace seen in the everyday

One Thing

“If you could take only one thing with you…”
“You have to choose one thing from this menu…”
“Your favorite food, your favorite song, your favorite Bible verse…” 

I have lots of them!!!  I hate making choices like that. Just like I could never say which of my children or grandchildren is my favorite.

Recently, however, I’ve become aware of a small set of verses in the Bible that point to “one thing” which has to be priority for God’s people.  And though they come from such diverse writers, they all converge:

David:  The one thing I ask of the LORD—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
delighting in the LORD’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple. (Psalm 27:4 NLT)

Paul:  I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:13-14)

Jesus (to a rich man inquiring what it would cost him to follow Jesus): “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”             (Mark 10:21)

Jesus (to Martha, busy in the kitchen while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, drinking in every word he said):  But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”  (Luke 10:41-42)

In all of these instances, everyday priorities—
     sins and successes,
     pride and achievements,
     possessions and cares of life–
drop by the wayside as that one thing comes into focus and defines who we are       and why we exist: 
     to know God,
     to worship God,
     to serve and please God
     to enjoy God’s best delights he reserves for his children!


I Want to Know Christ (Listen to Larnelle Harris)

I know that I know that my life is redeemed
I know I have found what some only have dreamed
I hold in my heart the pearl of great price
Dear God, hear my cry
I want to know Christ

I want to know Christ
I keep Him before me
I lift up my eyes
I drink in His glory
I press toward the goal
His goodness unfolds
March on, oh my soul
I want to know
I want to know Christ

I know that my path is the way of the cross
So I count what I gain and forget what I’ve lost
In pain there is joy
In death there is life
Dear God, hear my cry
I want to know Christ

And the things that entangle me
I lay them down
All the treasures and trophies of life
Let them be lost
Only let me be found in Christ
For I want to know
Yes I want to know Christ

Comments on: "One Thing" (2)

  1. Precious truths from the Word. Jesus Christ, our “all in all”. Christ supreme above all else. That alone brings joy and peace in my life.

    • I’m currently in a study of Colossians which focuses on Christ, and just started another study of Revelation tonight which does the same. Coincidence? I don’t think so. By the way, there were about 300 out for tonight’s study!

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