Raising 6 children was a challenge to my wife and me. Especially when we took them into a store or a public place. Most of the time they were very well behaved. When we would take them into a candy store their eyes would bulge with the assortment of treats in front of them. Often we would tell them to narrow their choices and choose just “one thing”. For some of our kids narrowing down the choices to one thing was particularly difficult.
For the child of God life is filled with many choices to invest our attention, our years, and our delights. We may have spent our time working many jobs. We may have lived in different cities, and we may have had many friends in our life. However, in the midst of a life of many things there needs to be an overwhelming “one thing” that should characterize the believer. David puts in words what ought to be that “one thing” in Psalm 27:4. “One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple”. David’s “one thing” was to worship and to love His Lord. Of course David had many responsibilities yet the overwhelming purpose of His life was to put the Lord first and to honor Him.
I think we get so focused on many things. Jesus even had to rebuke Martha who was rushing around getting supper ready and was consumed with many things. Jesus told her that “one thing” was needful. Martha needed to do what her sister was doing, spending time listening and loving her Lord. When asked what the greatest commandment was Jesus told them to love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul and all your mind.
Are we scattered and preoccupied with a to-do list? Are we setting our affections on our families, our possessions, and our advancements? Don’t you think it is time for all of God’s people to narrow down our priorities to that all-consuming “one thing”?
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation