One Thing: First Things First
For my 200th post on The Beausejour Pulpit blog, I want to share with you one of the most important lessons from God’s Word: One Thing. This is the topic of a message I am going to share at Beausejour Community Church this coming Sunday morning. After the weekend, you will be able to download the audio MP3 of the sermon HERE.
“ONE THING I have desired of the Lord, That will I 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.” (Psalm 27:4).
There was a great movie that came out in 1991 called City Slickers. In this film, comedian Billy Crystal plays Mitch, a 39 year old having a midlife crisis, who goes on a cattle drive with two buddies.
One of the best scenes in the movie occurs with Mitch alone on a trail ride with a real cowboy named Curly – played by Jack Palance. Curly says to Mitch, “Do you know what the secret of life is?” “No,” Mitch replies. Curly holds up his finger. Mitch says, “Your finger?” Curly says, “One thing. Just one thing.” Mitch asks, “That’s great, but what’s the one thing?” Curly smiles, “That’s what you’ve got to figure out.”
[you can watch the youtube video clip for the scene from this movie HERE]
What is that one thing that is the secret of happiness? To answer that question, we need look no further than the Holy Bible.
One day, Jesus was having dinner in the home of two sisters named Mary and Martha. While Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, Martha was busy – running around, distracted by much serving. Martha got upset and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?” Jesus replied, “”Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But ONE THING is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part.”
The one thing – the most important thing we can learn to do in life – is to spend time sitting at the feet of Jesus in prayer, feasting on His Word, and abiding in His love.
Pastor Chris Jordan