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Harvest Daily 11/18/04

Harvest Daily Devotional
by Pastor Greg Laurie

November 18
One Thing

One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.  - Psalm 27:4

It has been said that the greatest danger in life is to permit the urgent things to crowd out the important things.  You see, the rabbit trails in life can cause us to lose sight of the one thing in life that matters: Jesus Christ.

It is interesting to follow the phrase "one thing" through the pages of Scripture.  Each time a biblical author uses this phrase we find insights to the importance of making time for the Lord.  For example, remember when Martha became agitated at her sister, Mary, for sitting at Jesus' feet while she did all the work?  How did Jesus reply?  He said, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41-42, emphasis mine).  Jesus was essentially saying, "Listen, Martha, I appreciate your desire to work.  But there is a time to work and there is a time to sit at My feet.  Mary has figured out that one thing is needful." 

Are Martha's actions a good description of your life right now?  Are you so busy with work and life's nonessentials that you have forgotten the one thing?  You see, unless we have a sense of priority, we can find ourselves distracted and quickly forget our purpose to dwell with the Lord. 

Make the time to sit at the Lord's feet.  If we don't make time for God's Word, prayer, and church in our daily lives, we will fall apart spiritually.  One thing is needful; pray for the strength and diligence to make time for it.

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