I covet your prayers as I will be away on Sabbatical for the next 8 weeks. While I am taking some extended time to rest, be with family & friends and connect with God, I hope you enjoy these blog posts that appeared on my blog in 2008.
I’m convinced we’ve made Christian spirituality way too complicated. Go to any church, even Gateway, and there’s so much going on—so much activity, so many different messages—it’s sometimes hard to figure out what’s most important. It’s actually scandalously simple according to Jesus himself. When he was hanging out with his closest followers at the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus (Jesus’ singles group), Martha was busy, busy, busy serving Jesus (and company) by getting food ready. That’s a good thing, but she was getting stressed, frustrated, and resentful as she did it (seen any stressed, frustrated, resentful Jesus servants around church lately—they’re there). Jesus said to her, “Martha, you’re so worried and bothered about so many things, but only one thing is necessary.” (Luke 10:41-42) One Thing…hmmm.
If only one thing is necessary—it seems that would be a pretty important “one thing” to figure out and get right—right?
But what IS the One Thing? That’s what I wrote Soul Revolution for—to understand and explore living the One Thing. But since it’s simple, I’ll have to tell you simply instead of making you read a book to find out. Well, Jesus said Mary (Martha’s slacker sister) has chosen it. But all it says she was doing was…listening! She was listening, paying attention to Jesus. Is that it? Listening? Kind of….
Jesus gives another One Thing kind of statement his last night on earth. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Stay connected—fruit happens, says Jesus. That’s the One Thing. How do we know it’s the One Thing? Well, because if you don’t stay connected, you can do what…?
A. Build empires
B. Have a good family
C. Some humanitarian good
E. All of the above.
Careful, it’s a trick question. The answer is E. All of the above. If we don’t stay connected, we can do lots of “good” and have it amount to nothing of lasting value in the eyes of God. Why? Because we get busy and distracted (like Martha) and forget the very point of life—to do life moment by moment with the One who created You for himself.
So that’s it—that’s all we have to do—stay connected. And that’s the hardest thing in the world to do. That’s my experience anyway. When I do stay connected, I’m amazed at what God produces in me, and I see him show up in my life. But staying connected is the most challenging thing for us humans.
How are you doing with this One Thing?