One Thing?


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

The Daily Bible Reading: Job 33-34| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here


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



Not In This Town


apostle-paul-1024x7951.jpg“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to Me.” – Acts 18:9-10 (NLT)

Okay… so imagine you have this reputation for bringing people before the authorities because of their beliefs and then one day you have a life changing encounter that changes you forever. Your whole mission does an about face and now you believe what they believe…and then you were lead to go out into all of the known world to share this Good News, but your own people didn’t wanna hear a thing you had to say. It’s like a New England Patriots fan all of sudden coming to Lincoln Financial Field and rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles…yeah boy, that ain’t flying with the die-hards, so you need to ship yourself back up to Foxborough.

If there is anything you can take away with the apostle’s Paul position as an evangelist, it is that he wasn’t an “in and out” kinda guy, meaning his missionary trips weren’t like a traveling P.T. Barnum circus show. Ya know, the kind that did massive “healings” so that when the hat got passed around people threw in healthy amounts of money so that God would “bless them richly.” On the contrary, Paul was into making disciples everywhere he went and, at times, it got him in trouble with the locals. Jew and Gentile alike. I guess being a onetime Hebrew of Hebrews, Pharisees of Pharisees’ and Roman citizen had its downside when he converted.

So, he’s in Corinth, second missionary trip, he’s developed a kinship with some folks named Aquila and Priscilla, he’s preaching in Synagogue, he gets rejected and when he has had enough of the blasphemy he kicks off the dust and shouts out, “Your blood is upon your own heads—I am innocent. From now on I will go preach to the Gentiles” (Acts 18:6b). I guess there was a-foot-stompin’ along the way to Titus Justus’ (now there’s a Roman name for ya) house, and then Jesus shows up with words of encouragement, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city.”

There are two things I can see in this passage of Scripture. In the first sense, we see the same straight arrow command that was given Joshua from YHVH through Moses and is standard Americas Keswick, “And the LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed.” (Deut 31:8) And in the second sense I see a parallel with an Old Testament prophet named Elijah. It starts off quietly, “What are you doing here Elijah?” and then he is told, “Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19:18) You’ll also notice that Jesus didn’t tell Paul that his opponents wouldn’t try to stop him, just that they would be unsuccessful, and you will notice that there are no coincidences when it comes to Kingdom principles.

So, what can we glean from this? Well first off, if you’re out there telling people about Jesus and their chasing you outta the way, keep at it. You may have to find a different audience from time to time but Jesus doesn’t tell us to be silent on His salvation message. But then realize that you’re not alone, even if you’re not gifted as a vocal evangelist. Your “spiritual walk” is all that an unbelieving world really needs to see anyway. We have been given so many stories in the Bible about how ordinary people like us get the privilege of doing God-size things that maybe we oughta go back and read them in those times of doubt, because one time there was an apostle who doubted and the response was simple, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29) Most encouraging. Amen?

Written by Chris Hughes: Chris, a graduate of The Colony of Mercy (11-2003) is married (Kathy) with two adult children (Kevin and Karen) and has been a Freedom Fighter contributor since 2008.

The Daily Bible Reading: Jeremiah 17-21| You can download our 2017 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here


Daily Quote: “Patiently endure the ups and downs of everyday life. Behind every annoying circumstance, learn to see God governing all things. See that He trains you through troubling situations as well as through pleasant ones. The intrusions God sends you will no doubt upset your plans and oppose all that you want. But they will also chase you toward God.”— Fenelon

This Week’s Verse to Memorize:

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Romans 5:1-2