Tuesday, January 26, 2016

"Just One Thing"

"Just One Thing"    

    The Apostle Paul did not rest on laurels or dwell on defeats.  

    "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13-14).  

    Certainly Paul gave thanks for days of faithfulness, and repented for days of failure.  He doubtless also sought to learn from them.  The Apostle did not, however, allow the past to negatively impact the present.  Instead, he realized that God alone was worthy of glory for faithfulness, and God alone could forgive, cleanse, and restore when we fail.  Few truths more enable us for the realities of this present day as we join our brother Paul in "this one thing I do", made possible by forgetting, reaching forth, and pressing toward.

The more I walk the paths of this world, 
the more I think that just one thing is of value and of worth.  
The more I find life simplified, as I look beyond this earth. 
The more I see, o Lord, of Thee, and just one thing. 
Just one thing, oh, just one thing.

To live is Christ, nothing else suffices to pave the path of life. 
For only He can give us peace, and end the needless strife 
between the heart of God and our hearts, our only hope is Christ. 
Yes, the more I see, o Lord of Thee, and just one thing. 
Just one thing, o just one thing. 

So the thing is this, our helplessness must open up our eyes 
to the only fount of truth, of meaning, of purpose, and of life. 
O lead us from the dark into the one true shining Light,
Yes, the more I see, o Lord of Thee, and just one thing. 
Just one thing, o just one thing.

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you."
(Matthew 6:33)

Weekly Memory Verse (one of the first Bible verses I ever memorized)  
   Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.
(I Peter 1:22)


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