– Psalm 27:4 –“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.”
This Psalm was written by the well-known Bible hero, King David. Many of us have come to admire David for reasons such as his victory over Goliath; his acts of courage and bold military conquests seem to inspire much of our veneration. But I believe that if David were alive in the flesh today, his passionate love for the Lord would be much more evident than his courage. David’s “one-thing” was the presence of God. His paramount desire and highest priority were to know God intimately, and that’s chiefly what made him the man that he was.
King David’s life should teach us that any man of God who will leave an honorable legacy to the world and impact lives long after he’s passed away, will be a man who pursues intimacy with God above all else. David was called a man after God’s own heart—he was a man who wasn’t satisfied with merely knowing about God and obeying the commandments out of obligation. David was a man who always strove to rise above the religious norm and make whatever sacrifices were necessary to truly know God. Before we ever pay attention to David’s courage, we have to recognize that more than anything he was a man of worship. His “one thing” was to know God intimately and serve Him wholeheartedly; for that reason, the presence of God became the anchor of his courage and the icon of his legacy.
There are too many Christians in America today who seek the Lord for what He can give them, at the cost of knowing who He is. There are too many Christians who make God one of the things they seek, but not the one thing they seek. We were created to know God, not just know about God. It will only jeopardize your faith if you become satisfied with only knowing enough about God to be called a “Christian”.
Remember what Jesus said to the rich young ruler, who tried to use his piety to justify his greed — “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” Jesus was essentially saying that this young man’s “one thing” was wrong. This young man considered himself a godly man, but God was far from being his one thing. His one thing was riches, and so riches became his downfall. Your greatest downfall in life will be to allow anything other than God to capture your affection and the loyalty of your heart. If there’s anything in life that you love more than Jesus, it will be a snare to your faith. We will always remember this rich young ruler as a man who loved money more than Jesus because he wasn’t willing to sacrifice his riches for the sake of following Jesus. Because riches were his one thing, disloyalty became his legacy. Your one thing will become your legacy.
If you’re not willing to sacrifice something for the sake of following Christ than Christ is not your one thing. Sacrifice reveals loyalty. So I ask, “What’s your ‘one thing’?” Listen, men, we can’t afford to allow anything other than our intimacy with God to become our one thing.
Get on your knees today and repent if you know in your heart that you’ve been putting Jesus on the sidelines. Allow God’s Word to penetrate your heart and bring you to a place of surrender. Make Jesus your one thing.