The One Thing

Our Bible Journaling verse today is Psalm 27:4, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall 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 meditate in His temple.” (NASB 1995) This was the one thing that was the most important in King David’s life. He wanted to be as close to God as he could get. What is the one thing that is the most important in our lives? Some of us may have so much going on that we feel like we’re going in 40 different directions and there is nothing but chaos in our lives. 

I’m sure David felt that way also, but he took everything going on in his life and brought it down to the most important thing. J. Vernon McGee, in his commentary on Psalms, says, “Now notice the ‘one thing’ in David’s life was ‘that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.’ Now I don’t think David intended to take his sleeping bag into the tabernacle and stay there. But he wanted the ark, which was God’s meeting place with His people, with him in Jerusalem. He went to great lengths to bring it to Jerusalem and erected a tabernacle for it and planned an elaborate temple for God. Why? Through that, he had access to God. That was the ‘one thing’ in David’s life.’”

Is that our desire? What kind of attitude do we have about going to church, reading God’s Word, or doing what He has called us to do? Is it something we look forward to or is it more of a duty? Is it something to check off our “to do” list? Part of our problem is all the “things” crowding our lives. When we feel as if everything depends on us, we can become distracted in trying to tie up all the loose ends that we can feel like Martha. (Luke 10:38-42) She was so busy doing everything all at the same time that she became frustrated. We can be that way too. What is it God wants us to focus on?  

When it comes down to it, God may call each of us to a specific thing. Some may be called to be a stay-at-home Mom, taking care of her family. That is her ministry, and when she is obedient to that call, she can feel the peace of God in her heart, knowing she is exactly where she should be. For those who have been called to pastor a church, take care of a congregation, and meet their needs Spiritually, that is their place of peace. They know that is the one thing God has called them to do, and they take that call very seriously. Some may be called to work out in the world. For them, that is the mission field God has called them to, being a good example of what a Believer looks like, and helping their co-workers come to know who Jesus is, focusing on being a good witness.

Throughout my life, that one thing has changed. When I was young, God called me to be a team member with my husband in Christian broadcasting, helping him in running a Christian Television station and later working for a Christian network as a Correspondent while he was the Chief Engineer. We each had different jobs, but both worked for the same company, and we worked as a team even though we were in different departments. I put myself totally into the ministry of Christian broadcasting. When he passed away, my one thing changed. Now, I am retired, and my current husband and I each have our own ministry. He does literature evangelism and I write my blog. 

This blog came about because of an actual calling from God through a Word of Knowledge spoken over me by a pastor. It took me a while to figure out just exactly what God wanted of me, but I stepped out in faith and unknown territory and went after that one thing He was calling me to do. My focus is to help encourage others to know Who Jesus is and lead them to know Him. Is God leading you into an area of focus? What is it that He wants you to do? Seek Him diligently and walk out in obedience to that one thing and make that your focus for Him.

3 thoughts on “The One Thing

  1. You have a very unique way of writing that keeps my interest. I am 61 years old and my calling has been different assignments over the years, not just one. Right now, I am helping as an admin in a MeWe Christian group. I am praying that my husband can figure out what he is supposed to do. Maybe there is something as a couple. He keeps saying, “When the glory comes down, the Holy Spirit will show me what to do.” He is 67 years old and we have been married 32 years. It’s about time we figure this out.

    1. Thank you. I’m glad it was a blessing. Sometimes our natural gifting God gives us is the thing He is calling us to do. This is the first time in nearly 40 years that I have not been part of a worship team either singing or playing my flute. We are in a new church and I am waiting to see if God is going to place me on the worship team. It could be that calling is past, I’ll have to see.

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