Since I didn’t lead worship this week and had a wonderful time at a marriage retreat with my husband I thought you might like to read some thoughts I jotted down instead of a worship confessional.

blessings and enjoy!

What One Thing do people want most?

What is the one foremost thing in our minds during the course of the day?

What One Thing moves us emotionally more than anything else?

What One Thing is man’s greatest pursuit?

Is there One Thing we hear more of than anything else in the media?  Read in magazines?  See on TV?

What do you think is the one most important thing to God?

What One Thing do you think He really wants from you?

These are some questions that I have been contemplating and hope to answer, in part. I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts.

There’s a movie called Sneakers in which the main characters were offered One Thing, a wish so to speak.  Each one sounded off with the One Thing that they really wanted.

One wanted to be pardoned and have his criminal record erased.   One wanted a trip to Tahiti for two.  One wanted a Winnebago.  One wanted the phone number to a pretty girl.  And, one wanted Peace on Earth.

Perhaps that was their idea of a happy ending.  Interesting pursuits.  Each wanted something different but each wanted something that would not last, something that could be used up or lost in the blink of an eye, something that had no eternal value, fell short of it at the most.

During the course of the football season each team is focused on One Thing.  Winning  And the Superbowl.  Again something that will not last because they will have to defend their title and win the Superbowl again the next year in order to keep it. They may keep the ring and they may have the memories but they will not be able to live off those things in the future nor will those things remain.

Mark 10:17-21*  Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”  So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God.  “You know the commandments: `Do not commit adultery,’ `Do not murder,’ `Do not steal,’ `Do not bear false witness,’ `Do not defraud,’ `Honor your father and your mother.'”

 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.”

Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One Thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.

Was Jesus’ point that this man needed to be poor to inherit eternal life?  Or perhaps he needed to be more generous to others?  Certainly Jesus was not telling him that he had to acquire a heavenly treasure in order to inherit eternal life.  So what was the most important point?  What was the One Thing missing in this mans life?  What did he lack?

“come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Come: Imperative.  A command to respond , take action.  Also indicates a place to come to.

Take up the cross:  sacrifice.  There was a cost to count. Implies a physical  act of leaving something behind and following after another

Follow Me: This was the same call Jesus used when he found the 2 brothers fishing and chose them to be his disciples..

Matt 4:18-20* ¶ And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.  Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”  They immediately left their nets and followed Him.

What did he lack then?  He lacked a relationship with Jesus Christ.  He followed the law but he did not follow Jesus.

It is possible to be busy doing what is right and not have a relationship with Christ.  It is even possible to read your bible, serve in the church, even be a worship leader or a pastor and not follow Jesus.

Our pursuits may be good in the eyes of man but if they are not motivated by a desire to follow Jesus sacrificially then they are dead pursuits, without eternal value and ultimately unfullfilling, frustrating, and dead.

I’ll be posting more thoughts tomorrow…. stay tuned in

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