The Most Important Thing – Only One Thing is Necessary

“There is only one thing worth being concerned about.”

Luke 10:42 NLT

the most important thing

So, what is the most important thing in your life that you are concerned about? Could this be your family, your job, your finances, your health, or even your retirement plan? What about from a spiritual perspective?

Did you know there are two main enemies that can threaten your spiritual life?

1) Boredom

The missionary and teacher Frank Laubach said, “If you’re weary of some sleepy form of devotion, probably God is as weary of it as you are.”

Walking with God should be the most joyful, rewarding and fulfilling part of our lives, more than anything else. David declared this when he said,

“In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” – Psalm 16:11 NKJV

Now that’s something to think about. How did David, or how does any believer, discover this truth? It all comes from spending time in His Word and His presence! David understood that only true joy and pleasures were found from being in His presence and allowing God the time to show him what was most important.

2) Busyness

Oh, how many of us can just be busy all the time and never really know what it is “to be still and know that [He is] God? (Psalm 46:10). This is crucial because the threat of busyness is that if we are not aware of it then what we do ends up defining who we are. This is the wrong place to draw your identity from. You see, it’s not what we do that makes us who we are; it’s who we are that makes us what we do. We are God’s sons and daughters. It is from this position we gain our true identity. Identity should not be derived from just being busy and gaining accolades from our accomplishments!

Do you remember when Jesus told Martha,

“You are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it.”Luke 10:41-42 NLT

And what was Mary doing? Just being still at Jesus’ feet listening to Him! Martha loved Jesus and she just couldn’t do enough for Him. However, she was so busy serving Him that she didn’t know how to relax and enjoy just being with Him.

Maybe like Martha, you think that unless you do, do, do (AND do the job yourself), it won’t ever get done properly. And you may be right. But God will never ask you to do anything that takes His place in your heart, mind and life. He wants to be your top priority!

Having Our Priorities in Line

Sometimes we approach God with a list of needs, wants and requests that is as long as our arm. It’s often because we’re more interested in what He can do for us than learning about Him. It goes something like this: we are more interested in His “presents” than His “presence!” Of course, He is interested in all of our lives and situations, but our priorities should be to know who He is, not just having an audience with Him because of what He can do.

David said,

“The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most – is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.”Psalm 27:4 NLT

Can you imagine having one thing at the top of your agenda at all times: needing and desiring to spend time with God? Think how that could revolutionize your life and the lives of others around you!

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