There are many moving parts to the Christian life – Sunday gatherings, house church, missions outreach, community get-togethers. They are not ends in themselves. All are built around one thing, Jesus. He’s why we do what we do. He alone is our source and our supply. What we must be vigilant of is not allowing all the good things to become the main thing. If we lose Jesus amidst the good things, the things become nothings. This week’s devos are built around the power of the right one thing. “For to me, to live is Christ.” You’ll notice each devo has the exact same title and reference verse. I wrote this way on purpose. The content is different, but the point is the same. Jesus is our one thing. It’s my prayer Jesus will become, and continue to be, your one thing.
"For to me, to live is Christ . . ." Philippians 1:21
My best for His glory. It’s a choice we make from our spiritual gifts. It's not an after-thought of intellectualizing or reasoning. Rather, it springs from deep in the heart. We don't ask others opinions, we don't vote on its viability. No, we confidently proclaim, "For to me, to live is Christ," then, launch out to live without regret.
Over-thinking can be dangerous. It keeps us from total abandonment and true allegiance. Although we say we are taking others into consideration, it's really just a pretense used to mask the fear of absolute, total trust. We must counter every reservation and every instinct to play it safe by reaffirming Jesus is our one thing.
Shut out every thought! Keep yourself before God, determine to be absolutely His for Him and Him alone. Paul did, you can too. He was determined that nothing would stop him from doing all God wanted him to do.
Our resolve to make Jesus our one thing will be tested. Once the choice is made we will face a crisis, one in which we have to choose between loyalty to ourselves, or full obedience to God. The tension of the test is "will I give my best for His glory?"
This moment becomes a turning point, a pivotal moment when we resolve that regardless of obstacles or opposition, in spite of struggles or set-backs, contrary to people or pressure, we have made Jesus our one thing – the one thing worth having. We have decided, we won't put up, shut up or back down.
What is waging war against your resolve to live fully for Jesus?