Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way…” – Mark 10:21a
I was having a conversation with a guy the other day and he said “since coming to Christ and spending time understanding his relationship with God, I have contentment.” In other words, he can sit – without anything to do – and be okay, not feeling overcome with anxiety. I told him “enjoy the moment, it’s only borrowed time.”
There are those moments that I can be at a place of total peace with a glimpse of what Heaven might be like, but then my focus turns to my “One Thing.” I know there are times when it seems like my list of woes are long and it would take a miracle to get to a place of contentment once again. What is your “One Thing” that will bring you to a place where you know Whose you are and that, although the world around you is falling apart, there’s hope.
Jesus encounters a man with many possessions with a need for eternal life, the answer Jesus gives him to the question “what must I do” is the same answer for me most of the time when I want to feel safe and secure. Go your way, give it away, and follow Jesus. It was the answer to my need of salvation and it remains the answer to my need of security. The only difference in my emotional status is whose way I am going. Now, at salvation, my eternal destination is secure once and for all, but my daily walk needs a thought process to determine if the path I’m on is the one God has laid out. If not, then I need to go my way, give it away and follow Him.
I remember as a kid I would get an attitude with my parents, and after enough was enough, a command would come from my Dad, “turn around, go back to your room and don’t come back until your attitude has changed.” I find sometimes if I get in a mood where everything is bothering me, I want to take my Dad’s advice, go home, and start over. Obviously this isn’t always practical and it’s not necessary. When I find I’m going my own way, it’s a simple process that doesn’t require a positional change, it requires a spiritual change. It has to be “not my will, but Your will be done” exchange. It doesn’t benefit anyone when my attitude is my agenda, trying to fit a square peg in a round hole never works.
So if you’re looking for that place of serenity, follow the advice of Jesus in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Written by Rob Russomano: Rob Russomano is married to Terri, he is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy and a full time staff member. He is also available as a speaker of the grace of God with a message of Hope for church events. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daily Quote: “Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God.” – Hannah Whitall Smith
This Week’s Verse to Memorize:
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. – Romans 5:10-11