We just finished our “One Thing” series at Activate, where we looked at all of the “one thing” statements in the Bible. We learned how there are tons of things that call for our attention and dedication in this life, things that are really important, totally trivial, and things that are somewhere in between. But in the midst of everything we do, we should have our focus on one thing. We illustrated this point about us staying focused on what matters most by using Post-it notes. There are Post-it notes all around us reminding us of things we need to do, but there should be one that sticks out among the rest.
Ironically, we looked at five things in our One Thing series:
- To have true faith (Mark 10:17-22)
- To be amazed by grace (John 9:25)
- To sit with Jesus (Luke 10:38-42)
- To be in God’s presence (Psalm 27:4)
- To pursue the goal of God’s call (Philippians 3:13-14)
All of these “one thing” statements come from different people, at different times in their lives, because of different needs that they had. It was the one thing they needed from the Lord at that time, in that moment.
- A rich young ruler, who valued possessions over Jesus, and who needed true faith.
- A blind man, who received physical sight, which allowed him to truly see spiritually and to receive grace.
- Mary and Martha, who were both serving Jesus, yet in totally different ways—one which was most needed.
- David, who was fearful for his life, but wanted to be in the presence of God.
- Paul, who ran from the past to the present goal of his life: to live for Jesus and focus on eternity.
These may be different needs and aspirations, but all of them have one thing in common: they are focused upon the Lord. They all had a type of tunnel vision on how they needed God to show up. Our ultimate goal is to know God and to make Him known, and that will look different for each of us at different times in life. So, what does that look like in your life?
What is the one thing that you need in your life right now? How do you need God to show up and to meet you right where you’re at? And, what is the thing(s) that you need to remove from your life—the Post-it notes you need to throw away—so that you can focus on the One Thing that matters most?
During the final sermon of this series, about 100 students came forward to “throw away” Post-it notes of things they want to remove from their lives, in order to run the race of faith, based on Philippians 3:13-14, “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Let’s remove all of the Post-it notes that hinder us from the One whom I lives should truly be centered on! Living for Jesus is the one thing that will impact every other thing in this life!
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