The ONE THING for today

Fifty things to dabble in…

  • Philippians 3:13-14 (VOICE)
  • 13 Brothers and sisters, as I said, I know I have not arrived; but there’s one thing I am doing: I’m leaving my old life behind, putting everything on the line for this mission. 14 I am sprinting toward the only goal that counts: to cross the line, to win the prize, and to hear God’s call to resurrection life found exclusively in Jesus the Anointed. 

It was D.L. Moody that said: “Give me a man who says ‘This one thing I do’ and not ‘These fifty things I dabble in.’”.  That is a powerful statement about focus.

However, there is a danger here…

Dwight Lyman Moody, founder of the Northfield Seminary, Mount Hermon School, and the Moody Bible Institute, circa 1900.

Dwight Lyman Moody, founder of the Northfield Seminary, Mount Hermon School, and the Moody Bible Institute, circa 1900.

For example, Moody didn’t do just one thing.  On the surface, he could have been called a “dabbler”.  He started many Sunday Schools, Bible Colleges, orphanages, conferences, pastored a church and was a world-renowned evangelist while also a major force in starting and strengthening YMCAs around the world.

There are very few people who have the luxury or even the desire to focus on exactly “one thing”.  I suspect you’re like me—there are at least a dozen things I will have to do before this day is complete.

So how could Moody make a statement like the quotation above with integrity?

The answer is there must be an overarching theme that weaves together all the little things that are required from us each day.

For example, as a Christian the overarching “one thing” we must focus on is glorifying and honoring Jesus Christ in all we do and say.  This must be more than lip-service; it must be the driving passion of our lives—it must be the one thing that motivates and ties together all the other things.

Under Christ there will be a few other “one things” that we will intensely focus on (not just dabble in) such as the spiritual well-being of our families and the fulfillment of the ministry God has given us.  And the moment we allow ourselves to get side-tracked from these overarching issues we set ourselves up for trouble.

Whatever you do, don’t come to the end of your life and discover you have been nothing but a dabbler—making money, having fun, doing many things but forgetting to focus on the one thing.

Stay focused dear friend…say it with me, “This one thing I do.”

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