One Thing

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A man catches sight of one white rabbit and one black one, and decides to catch them. Both rabbits look as attractive to him and he is determined not to give up either. All the while in his mind, he is only thinking about possessing both the rabbits. As he chases after the white rabbit, the black one seems to be closer and he would give up on chasing the white to go after the black one. As he does so, the white one now seems an easier catch and he changes his direction to go after it. This goes on the whole afternoon and by evening, this man becomes totally exhausted, with no rabbit to his name.

Do you sometimes feel like that? You are pursuing a few things at a time because all seem equally important and valuable. After you have expended all effort and energy to go after them all, you are left plagued with fatigue but crowned with no achievement.

The Bible in Luke 10:38-42 gives an account of how two sisters behave vastly differently when Jesus visits their home, and receive different comments from Jesus. Martha is busy and occupied with all the preparation and serving, and even gets upset that her sister, Mary, is not helping her. Mary, Luke 10:39 tells us, is “seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His Word.” Jesus says to Martha in Luke 10:41, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things.” And Jesus carries on to say this of Mary in Luke 10:42, “but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her.” What are the many things needing your attention that you are worried and anxious about? Would you be like Mary to choose the one thing that is needed, the best thing, which is to be seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His Word?

Paul in Philippians 3:8 speaks of all his past accomplishments and accolades this way, “Christ has shown me that what I once thought was valuable is worthless.” He expresses his life ambition in Philippians 3:13 & 14, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Paul says, “one thing I do”. He does not say, “twelve things I am going to dabble with”.  His life has a very strong focus that helps him prioritize everything else. What is God showing you to leave behind because while these things seem valuable to you, they are not of worth to God? Would you be like Paul to do the one thing, which is to fulfill God’s calling on your life?

The author of Psalm 27, David, is believed to be in the midst of painful trials as he wrote this psalm. Yet in this psalm, David sang of his utmost trust and confidence in God. In Psalm 27:4, 8, David prayed, “The one thing I ask of the Lord, the thing I seek most – is to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life… Your face, Lord, I will seek.” What a man of faith and worship. The one thing David most desires in the face of serious threats and challenges is to be in the presence of the Lord forever. David understands that it is only dwelling in God’s presence that he can be delivered. What are some struggles you are dealing with today? Would you be like David to desire most the one thing, that is to be close to God, living in God’s presence and depending on Him?

Today, you may have many things you are worried and anxious about. This moment, there may be many things you are pursuing that are valuable to you. This season, you may be facing difficulties and challenges.

God is speaking to you today. Still your heart and calm your mind. And you will hear God telling you, “One thing you need – be at My feet to worship Me and listen to My Word. Do this one thing – fulfill my calling on your life. Desire this one thing – to be in My House, My presence all the days of your life.”

Let us pray together.

“Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for Your peace that surpasses all understanding to fill me afresh this day. I thank You for showing me today that in my life, there is really only one thing that I need. And that is being with Jesus. I surrender all my worries, aspirations, challenges and desires to You, O Lord. In all that I am going through, I lift my eyes to see that You are my everlasting help and fortress. I worship You, desire to be in Your presence every day of my life and focus all my efforts to fulfill Your Kingdom purpose. And as you bless me, I shall be a blessing to many people and nations. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

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