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
Christianity is neither romantic nor heroic. It offers no easy solutions, no quick answers to smooth out the rough spots of life. The Bible is no exception. The letter to the Philippians is one of the most beloved sections of scripture, it has brought comfort in times of trouble to many believers. But, it was penned in less than perfect circumstances.
Now in his golden years of life, Paul is a defeated man, at the end of a strenuous career in ministry, confined to prison awaiting execution, with only a faint hope of release. Yet, the letter to the Philippians is often called the book of joy. Think of it, the book of joy written from a prison cell.
This is a reminder to us. Things don't have to be perfect for you to have deep joy. The Philippians struggled with this simple truth. Their leader in jail, facing a hopeless end, caught in a ruthless power of an all-conquering state. He's facing a terrifying ordeal, but Paul leverages his struggle to steady the apprehensive followers by stating his own feelings, a reasoning for the power of his one thing.
Paul's not looking for an easier life. He’s not pulling down the shades on a tragic situation. Nor is he bemoaning God for leaving him in dire-straights. But Paul has found what to live for because he has found what to die for. His present is informed by his eternity, as should ours be.
The chief issue for us is not happiness or security, but what is worth living and dying for. No matter the circumstances we face, to find the right one thing for which to live, we must uncover every unnecessary source of interference buried within our heart and mind, in order to be a right one thing person.
What's interfering with you living your one true thing?