David declared 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.”
What David writes here should be an ongoing prayer and longing for each of us. This prayer of “One Thing” devotion to God. Making Jesus are the primary focus, morning, noon, night, and midnight snack!
The problem with living out this verse every day comes from the many challenges of living in a fallen world. Whether it has to do with keeping sin out of our lives, laziness, financial difficulties, health problems, etc. These things, along with multitudes of others, are negative influences we must face while on this earth.
There are many things we face that fight for that “One Thing” space in our hearts. Those things feed our soul. Those things entertain our soul. I’m not saying they are all bad or wrong, but they try to pull us away from what matters in life—an undivided heart for the Lord.
Jesus did not suffer, die on the cross and rise from the dead so that he can entertain you. Because so much is competing for the space in our hearts, we inadvertently put Jesus in the same category. We expect Him to entertain us.
Jesus is not a supplement to the rest of our lives. We shouldn’t think of it like, “I have Netflix, social media, eating out, raising kids, going to work, my relationship with God, mowing the lawn, going to the movies, etc.” No friend! We can’t categorize our relationship with Jesus to suit our lifestyle. He must be our One Thing focus. Everything else comes after.
Here’s what happens when we end up making Jesus another form of entertainment. When we feel bored with Him (which is not possible, it just means your heart is not connecting to His), or the Bible, or praying, and we do not “feel” Christianity, we move on to the next thing that will keep us entertained. And that’s soulish living, not spirit living.
Truthfully, this One Thing lifestyle is rare today because you can’t manufacture it. Either you hunger, thirst, and desire it or you don’t. It’s keeping the first commandment first place in our lives for 24/7.
Psalm 27:4 is indeed a powerful and radical passage. It’s the narrow way. It’s a focused and intentional lifestyle. It’s offensive to the lukewarm Christian. Our flesh wrestles with it. The enemy hates it. Many Christians judge those who run after it. Yet, it’s a Holy Spirit invitation to a more meaningful life. But those that choose to embrace it end up living a life of no comparison.
One of the most challenging things adopting this way of life is making it work with the multitude of distractions competing for our attention. But be encouraged. This type of heart does not happen automatically. Instead, it is the result and reward of pressing into God each day.
I don’t know about you, but I want more than I am experiencing now with God. But passion for Jesus is not automatic. You must hunger and thirst, MAKE DAILY decisions, pray, worship, live pure, meditate on the Word, and don’t give up.
But if we are persistent, God will meet us. It takes God to know God. He helps us to pray, giving us the desire to walk this out each day.
To have a “One-Thing” heart amid our daily routines requires focus, determination, and becoming deliberate in our pursuit of God. When we fix our gaze on Him, our heart becomes overwhelmed with joy and wonder that only results from intimacy with the Father.
The last thing you need to do is just sit and wait for something to ignite the passion within you finally. Many are waiting for a dream or vision, a prophetic word, the audible voice of God, or some other sign to have a passion for Jesus. In the meantime, they miss studying the heart of God, persistently praying for a breakthrough, meditating on the Word, worshipping Him, and simply practicing the presence of God.
Friends, Jesus said that the violent take it by force (Matthew 11:12). It’s time to get violent with our hearts unless you prefer staying in the same place spiritually for the rest of your life.
Paraphrasing Matthew 6:33, Jesus says, “If I become your one-thing, your first thing, moment by moment, I promise you that I will give you the desires of your heart in My timing and in My way, I promise.”
Today, ask the Lord to reveal to you how much “other” you’re pursuing, and how much you’re seeking the kingdom of God first. Has He become your “One Thing” or a supplement, your entertainment, or One of many?
Let’s refocus our hearts on what matters—Jesus.
Beloved, live loved!
Ryan Bruss, Director
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