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Saturday, February 10th '18

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THE MAIN THING IS THE MAIN THING

"...whose mind is stayed on thee" (Isaiah 26:3)

 

The aquatic scientists agreed that one group of beached whales got that way by chasing plankton toward the beach and couldn't get their brakes to work in time. You think it is hard stopping a semi-truck downhill in fog, try stopping a whale with no pavement. People likewise tend to get sidetracked by little rabbit paths. That occurs when we lose focus of the main thing. John Maxwell teaches that the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. And what is the main thing? Dentists need to zero in on teeth, brain surgeons, brains. For Christians the sole business is soul business. Everything revolves around the mission. When the Bolshevik Revolution broke out in Russia in 1917 the Russian Orthodox clerics were voting on what color their vestments should be. Diverted from the main thing Lenin decided for them, RED, like it or not. Today's church worries as much about carpet color as they did the color of their robes. Remember, the mission gets beached when we lose sight of our calling.

 

Pascal wrote, "We make nothing of eternity and make eternity of nothing". The main thing is time and eternity. Paul commanded, "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:16). We want to be chincy on price, wait for the right deal or whatever, but Paul didn't say to redeem money, he said to redeem time. Money can be lost then made back again; not so time. Once it's gone it's irreparably gone. At age twelve Jesus cried, "I must be about my Father's business". He was well aware of the main thing.

 

At Alcoa the main thing is aluminum. For President Bush right now the main thing is fighting terrorism. Someone else can deal with America's sewer systems right now; I want him sticking with the main thing. When Iacocca was over Chrysler the main thing was profits. Other CEOs spent time in yachts. His attention was on what sells. He kept the main thing the main thing.

 

That's good advice for about everything. If the discussion at supper deals with a dent in the car don't bring the in-laws into the argument. Schools need to get back to the three R's and quit trying to shape culture. Making sure the kid can read when he gets out of high school is the main thing. Quit going for perfection, start demanding production. The apostles had better things to do than wait on tables. They gave that job over to the deacons and announced, "We will give ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:4). They just about fell for the trap of making the menial thing the main thing. Martha worked up a sweat over the kitchen stove while Mary sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. What is more important is a judgment we make many times through the day. Jesus said, "Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:42). I hope modern-day Marys don't lose their hearts serving the trivial. You can't shirk domestic concerns but at the same time don't fail to cultivate the spiritual you. It was easy for Paul to say -"the time is short [so let them] that have wives be as though they had none". He put ministry before marriage. That's a personal judgment call but it just shows that he believed in keeping the main thing the main thing. I know you have a lot of things to do today. Which is most vital? What can be delegated? Focus on the main thing, not the vain thing, and you'll already be way ahead of the game.


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