If you took a moment to reflect on all that you have been asking God for in your times of prayer and meditation, what would that list look like? Now . . . if you were restricted to ask only one thing of God, what would that one thing be?
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. (Psalm 27:2)
It’s one thing to make your “one thing” to dwell in the house of the Lord when the sun is shining, the sky is blue and the clouds are fleecy. It’s another thing altogether for David to have asked this in the middle of the storm he was facing. Under attack, David didn’t ask for victory or vindication, rescue or retribution. No, David asked for the one thing he was created for, the one thing we were all created for: to be in the house of the Lord and to gaze upon His unparalleled and unprecedented beauty, majesty, and glory. This is the divine design of every image bearer of God.
So . . . what is your one thing today? What one thing will bring you the happiness, satisfaction, or contentment you crave?
- In your singleness, is your “one thing” marriage?
- In your marriage, is your “one thing” the thing your spouse needs to change?
- In your parenting, is your “one thing” successful children?
- In your profession, is your “one thing” advancement?
- In your social circle, is your “one thing” approval?
- In your self-image, is your “one thing” the body you had at 20?
- In your religion, is your “one thing” what you are doing . . . or what Jesus has done?
The list could go on and on. How easy it is to take Jesus off the throne of our lives and put something or someone infinitely smaller than Him on it! Sure, the promise of that “one thing”—if we were only to get it—is powerful, but in the end, it is never able to deliver. Divided affections lead to distraction, disappointment, and ultimately defeat for the child of God. It is only the grace of the Gospel that can cause our every affection to be rooted in one affection, and His name is Jesus Christ. And make no mistake; if Jesus is not your one thing, Jesus is not your Lord. Your functional lord is whatever your one thing happens to be at the time. And anything smaller than Jesus shrinks the size of your life down to the size of your life, a size far too small for the committed Christian!
In the heart of every believer there is a war raging for control of our lives as the “one thing” we desire more than any other thing. In the middle of a season of great struggle David cried out for one thing—and that one thing was God. Whether we are in the middle of raging storm winds or a season of great success, may the grace of the Gospel empower us to do just that.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!