One Thing

Read: Matthew 5:1-12

Last week I shared about the new treasure I found as we were preparing for a recent garage sale. Rich Mullins CD from 1989 entitled “Never Picture Perfect.” This week I wanted to share another song from that album that has such a great message for us, like most Rich Mullins songs do.

The title of the song is “My One Thing” and you can listen to it by clicking this Youtube link if you have not heard it before.

This past Sunday in church we heard the Beatitudes read and we focused in on verse 8 that says, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” This is a line that is sung many times in this song, but the words encourage us to think about that “one thing” we always think we need to make us happy.

Sometimes it is a new smartphone, a new Ipad, a new laptop, a new television. It’s amazing how technology has somehow consumed us these days. Don’t get me wrong, I really like my smartphone, but I also ponder the lyrics of this song that say…

“Save me from those things that might distract me, Please take them away and purify my heart, I don’t want to lose the eternal for the things that are passing, ‘Cause what will I have when the world is gone if it isn’t for the love that goes on and on with My one thing, You’re my one thing, And the pure in heart shall see God.”

Jesus preached the Beatitudes so that we would keep the principles and the motives of our life focused on the eternal instead of the temporal things of this world. Maybe we all need to ask ourselves, “What is the One Thing I would take with me, physical or spiritual, if I had to make that choice?”

Would we really give up everything for a piece of technology? That may seem a bit drastic until we think about our lives and what our daily living says about that. I truly believe that God wants us to use these technologies he has blessed us with to reach people for him and share the Good News, but they must not become the source of our joy and happiness. That truly only comes from the Lord.

As this song says, “Oh Lord please give me the strength
to watch and work and love and sing and pray.” When our motives and our priorities in life are pure and focused on God we truly can experience the best this life has to offer.

Make it personal: Think about how you use technology. Is it used for your own benefit entirely or are you finding ways to share your faith and spread the Good News of Jesus? The world is at our fingertips and it needs to hear about Jesus the Savior!

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church