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There will always be one thing that holds the highest place in our hearts. If we could ask one thing of God, what would it be? David’s one request was that “[he] may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of [his] life” (Psalm 27:4). He was not referring to a physical location, but his one request was about knowing God and to be known by Him. 

The Rich Young Ruler approached Jesus and asked him how he could inherit eternal life (Mark 10:17-22). This man had kept all the commandments, but Jesus replied, “One thing you lack” and He instructed the man to sell everything he had, to give it to the poor, and then to follow Him. However, the rich young ruler could not do it, for his possessions held the highest place in his heart. It was his one thing he could not let go of. 

Another example is the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). While Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, Martha was busy and distracted with much serving, and upset that Mary wasn’t helping. To this, Jesus replied that Mary had chosen the one thing. Often, we translate our love for God in what we do for Him but serving could never supersede sitting at Jesus’ feet.

We must fix our eyes on Jesus and come back to a place where our one thing, our one desire, is to know Him.

This blog comes from the sermon titled “One Thing” by David Grobler