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Turn One More Thing Into One Thing

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 View Comments Comments (0)
 "One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 3:13-14

Something I believe we all wrestle with at the end of the year is thinking, "Oh there's one more thing I need to get done," only to become discouraged because you couldn't get it all done.  Or perhaps as you look to a new year pondering some of last year's resolutions that didn't quite come to fruition you become tired of the cycle of optimism, trying harder, faltering, discouragement and defeat.  That's enough to make a person give up altogether on New Year's resolutions.

What I believe we need to do is shift from the one more thing mentality to the one thing lifestyle.  Granted there are many wonderful things you can divvy up your time on, but the question is, "In your pursuit of more have you exchanged the best for something that is good?"  In order to know the answer to that question everyone who is in Christ must ask Him, "Lord what do You want to do in my life and how can I cooperate with You in that area?"

What we have in our text is a fool proof filter to run those goals, dreams and pursuits through in order to be all in for the Lord in 2015.  If God is showing you a problem you need to overcome, or perhaps something about how you live your life that needs to change, keeping your life centered on Jesus Christ as your one thing will always result in success.

Just how does this filter work?  Our text says we must forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead.  I know that when I drive if my focus is not on what's ahead of me the vehicle generally swerves to where my attention is.  The same is true for our lives.  What God has ahead for us can only be realized as we become devoted to and focused on Christ as our one thing.  

This calls for a change and this type of character change only comes by training.  1 Timothy 4:7 says, "Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly."  It's time to start showing up at God's gym, looking to Jesus as your personal trainer and start working out with Him!

A key factor in your spiritual training and discipline will be meditating on Scripture.  Meditation is more than reading or even studying.  Meditation is reflecting, ruminating, and praying a passage of Scripture applying it to the struggles and opportunities of your life, getting all you can out of it like a honey bee lingering on a flower sucking all the nectar out to make sweet honey.  No wonder the Psalmist said in Psalm 119:103, "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" 

My prayer for you is that you would have a good and sweet new year as you press forward focused on living for one thing rather than one more thing.

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