The world’s system says, “make a name for yourself, rise higher, achieve your goals!” Christ says, “lay your life down, give your very life away, find the purpose and satisfaction you seek by being united with Me in My mission of love.”
St. Augustine is quoted as saying, “our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.”
There is a beauty of simplicity when we pare down to the “one thing.”
I pray that you might glean insights and engage in your own conversations and reflections with Christ as you read the below poem.
God bless you! ❤️
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Seeking the “One Thing”
Still trying to make a name?
Still trying to justify?
By stacking up accomplishments,
Ambitious goals for which to strive?
Will I gain more credit?
More value to God and man?
If I can rattle off a list of accomplishments,
To proudly shake in tight-fisted hand?
Is more always better?
Versus one extraordinary thing?
Consider a treasured, trophy-winning rosebloom,
Achieved by pruning to just that one thing!
What about the beautiful example,
of sweet Mary of Bethany,
she chose the “one thing” good and necessary,
Lord, grant me that same epiphany!
I want to be known as in You,
shaking off mankind’s heavy yoke,
it only chafes, irritates, and frustrates,
As a woefully uncomfortable, ill-fitting cloak.
You said a child in Your Kingdom,
simply trusting, dependent, and young,
is what Your Kingdom is made of,
Living naked and unashamed in Your garden of love.
No false props to cling to,
no titles, roles, and such,
But in this earthly world do we think this way?
Not often! No, not much!
Lord, blast away the concrete,
rigid fortresses that encase our minds,
that keep us justified in our reasonings,
Man’s way of thinking is anything but sublime.
Lord, send razor-like clarity
to cut away this carnal mess,
the cancerous infiltrative world-system thinking,
Open our mind-scape with Your largesse.
Enable us to perceive clearly,
walking in purity and simplicity as You,
with the very mind, heart, and approach to life,
That stuck to You as glue.
You were bonded in every way with Your Father,
Unselfish living, outright giving, Your goal,
You were mighty God, yet so humble of soul.
Father, take us back to the “one thing.”
Where pursuing Christ is our highest quest,
being fully and solely known as “in Him”,
Knowing that He alone is our righteousness.
Help us lose sight of our very selves,
Embracing humility with its new way of seeing:
Our “high call” is to go ever lower still,
Hidden in Christ, we live, move and have our being.
Father, help us carry the very heartbeat of Christ,
Embracing the truth: Our life is not our own.
Join us inseparably to Christ’s passion and commission,
To save the lost, love God and others – our life’s goal!
~~~Scriptures for Reflection~~~
“One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” ~ Psalm 27:4
“But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowingChrist Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” ~ Philippians 3:7-9
“the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” ~ Luke 10:41-42
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” ~ Matthew 6:33
“I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for otherwise apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.” ~ John 15:5
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” ~ Luke 10:27
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” ~ Luke 19:10
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.” ~ Acts 20:24