In today’s hustle and bustle, society we live in, we can easily get our focus off the one thing in this life that matters supremely. Many things are competing for our attention. Advertisers spend billions of dollars every year trying to get consumers all over the world interested in their products or services. The rules of engagement in this dog eat dog of a world seem to have no rules at all today. Almost anything goes and the masses of humanity accept anything if it but produces results and a bottom line profit for the business.
Many people are on a path of destruction because they are attempting to juggle many balls at the same time. Multitudes are rejecting or resisting the one and only thing in this fast-paced life that matters. To encounter or meet the Lord Jesus Christ is truly the only thing that matters in this life today. Now, to many people that will undoubtedly sound preposterous or foolish, but despite that reaction it does not take from the truth of the statement.
People will argue well, I have to live down here on the earth; therefore, I must make the things like food, shelter, clothing, money, job, business, etc. of extreme importance. There is but one problem with that logic and that is we do not have to live but on the contrary we have to die. The Bible guarantees for us that it is (not maybe but is) appointed unto every man once to die and after that the judgment. This must occur, it will occur, and if you have not personally met the living Christ, you will die twice. The second death will be an eternal one.
Men place the thought of dying on the farthest back burner of the mind and heart a man or woman can put it. To ponder or contemplate our eternal destiny is not something taught in school and not even taught in many homes today. Live for now is the prevailing sentiment. Therefore, this mindset lends itself to produce a covetous desire to fills ones coffer with temporal things.
Well, when we listen to the omnipotent wisdom of our Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ, we find words that contradict or go totally against this type of thinking and daily pursuit. He once told one man that asked Him to tell his brother to divide their inheritance between the two of them, “Beware of covetousness for your life does not consist in the abundance or quantity of things you possess down here.”
Now, I was not there when the Lord Jesus made this statement to the man who wanted His help in this matter, but I believe I am right to say that this was not the response the man was looking for or the one he expected to come from the Lord Jesus Christ. I am sure the man thought he was asking or inquiring a noble thing. Fairness was the response he perhaps was looking for, but to his dismay, he got something very unexpected. He probably did not know how to respond to such an answer.
The Apostle Paul while languishing in a cold awful dungeon said he only did one thing and that was to press onward and upward toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Paul had been walking with our Lord perhaps more than two decades at this time, but his heart was still burning with an inextinguishable love and passion for the Savior.
He wanted to know Christ even deeper in intimate knowledge and he wanted to possess all the spiritual blessings promised to him from the Lord Jesus Christ. His desire was to be intimate with Christ and not to have mere head knowledge about Him. Paul wanted to think the Lord's thoughts after Him and exemplify the Lord's character and nature in him.
The Apostle Paul no longer found a world in which he lived to have any pleasures that attracted him. He said that he counted everything that he was and had as loss that he might gain that intimacy with the living Christ. This was the man that the Holy Spirit inspired to say that to live presently was Christ and to die would be gain. Paul understood and reduced his pilgrimage down here down to its lowest common denominator and that was Christ and Christ alone.
I too want this heart to burn within me for intimacy with my Blessed Savior. I will not listen to the nay Sayers, doubters, or those who try to get me off the beaten path of loving and knowing my Lord, Master and Savior more intimately. I will not allow attacks from the enemy to discourage me or adjust my goal or the work, which my Lord and Savior has given me to do. This one thing will I do and continue doing and nothing else matters to me now.
I like my brother in Christ Dr. Martin Luther King have seen the coming and the glory of the risen Savior and I am not worrying about anything or fearing any flesh and blood man. The Apostle Paul says that Christ is not just something but He is everything. He says Christ is preeminent. The Bible says of Christ, “In Him dwells all of the fullness of the God-Head bodily.” He cannot be anymore complete than that, He is all and all. No wonder the Apostle Paul says the only thing to him is to know Christ. I agree with him today 100%. What about you today reader?
Therefore, He must be preeminent in the heart and life of every one of His followers. Christ does not want some convenient place in our hearts as if we can pull Him to the forefront when we deem necessary. He must rule the heart and mind of every one of His children. This is only possible when we yield to His Lordship for He will not; I repeat He will not force us to yield.
F.B. Meyer (1847-1929) says this of our Lord and Savior, “He redeems us from the love and power of sin; He abounds towards us with the riches of His grace; we are kept and sealed by the Holy Spirit; and ultimately shall be presented before Him, without blemish, to the praise of His glory.”
Now, beloved how can any of us improve upon these gracious facts about what our Lord and Savior has done for us already. This makes the quest for intimacy with Him and knowledge of Him the only meaningful purpose of ours as He leaves us down here on this sin cursed earth. I do this one thing.
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author, Silent Assassins of the Soul (not yet published; coming soon)
“We would see Jesus.”
Evermore the world ling’s cry is, “Who will show us any good?” He seeks satisfaction in earthly comforts, enjoyments, and riches. But the quickened sinner knows of only one good. “O that I knew where I might find HIM!” When he is truly awakened to feel his guilt, if you could pour the gold of India at his feet, he would say, “Take it away: I want to find HIM.” It is a blessed thing for a man, when he has brought his desires into a focus, so that they all centre in one object. When he has fifty different desires, his heart resembles a mere of stagnant water, spread out into a marsh, breeding miasma and pestilence; but when all his desires are brought into one channel, his heart becomes like a river of pure water, running swiftly to fertilize the fields.
Happy is he who hath one desire, if that one desire be set on Christ, though it may not yet have been realized. If Jesus be a soul’s desire, it is a blessed sign of divine work within. Such a man will never be content with mere ordinances. He will say, “I want Christ; I must have him-mere ordinances are of no use to me; I want himself; do not offer me these; you offer me the empty pitcher, while I am dying of thirst; give me water, or I die. Jesus is my soul’s desire. I would see Jesus!”
Is this thy condition, my reader, at this moment? Hast thou but one desire, and is that after Christ? Then thou art not far from the kingdom of heaven. Hast thou but one wish in thy heart, and that one wish that thou mayst be washed from all thy sins in Jesus’ blood? Canst thou really say, “I would give all I have to be a Christian; I would give up everything I have and hope for, if I might but feel that I have an interest in Christ?” Then, despite all thy fears, be of good cheer, the Lord loveth thee, and thou shalt come out into daylight soon, and rejoice in the liberty wherewith Christ makes men free.