What is your one thing?

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, December 05, 2019


"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed--or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:41-42

It must have been exciting for Mary and Martha to have Jesus come into their home. Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. In ancient Palestine, people placed a premium on hospitality. Martha wanted to be hospitable to Jesus. She was probably busy cooking, cleaning, and preparing for her guests. Mary, on the other hand, just sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he said.

Jesus praised Mary for choosing the ministry of the word over the preparations that had to be made. The gospel of John calls Mary a sinful woman. She was presumably a prostitute whose sins were forgiven by Jesus. After that, she devoted her life to following the Lord. The one thing that was important to Mary was spiritual edification. Therefore, when Jesus came to her house, she sat at his feet to hear his teaching.

Many of us are so busy doing so many different things that we are distracted from doing the one thing that matters most. Each of us has been given one primary thing as our spiritual focus. Unfortunately, many of us confuse productivity with fruitfulness. Just because we have the skills and ability to do many things does not mean we have to become a jack of all trades in our service to God.

Some of us need to learn to stay in our “lanes” and let others function according to their spiritual giftedness. That is a tough thing to do in today’s Church where twenty percent of the people are doing eighty percent of the work. For example, in some cases, it is expected for Sr. Pastors to give legal advice, medical advice, counseling advice, financial advice, as well as operate as the administrator, secretary, financial steward, worship leader, preacher, and make hospital visitations. How can one person be expected to wear so many different hats and still be fruitful in the vocation of pastoral ministry?

Ephesians 4:11 reminds us that “he gave some apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Every organ in the human body has its function. The one thing the ear is designed to do is hear. The eye was not created to talk like the mouth.

In the book of Acts (6), the apostles made it clear their one thing was not to take care of widows and orphans, but the preaching of the word of God. Therefore, they chose godly men and ordained them as deacons to take care of the widows and orphans. Subsequently, the Church grew, and the needs of the people were met because godly men and women were focused on doing the one thing they were called to do.

My point is that many people have to stop walking outside of their anointing and giftedness. We have to figure out the one thing God has called us to do and stick to it. If God has called you to be a missionary, then direct your passion and energy towards the mission field. Granted, there are different skills one can acquire to be a more efficient missionary (Medical doctor, agronomy, Business Management, teacher, etc.).

What is the one thing that God has called you to do? Our one thing is usually where our passion intersects with our giftedness. To put it simply, whatever we are doing for the kingdom of God that makes us feel energized and is adding value to our lives while helping others to deepen their knowledge and experience of God, is our one thing. Just because we are doing many things does not mean we are doing the right thing.

Prayer- Blessed Lord, please help us to identify the one thing you have called us to do. Give us the discipline to focus on that one thing, so we bear many fruits for your kingdom.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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