January 1st, '19
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message by Kris Jackson
your eye is single, your whole body also is full of light..." (Luke 11:34)
The Apostle Paul declared, "This one thing I
do". To the rich young ruler Jesus pressed, "One thing is needful..." The man
healed of blindness at the pool of Siloam testified, "One thing I know..." Samuel
Clemmons quipped, "It is better to know one thing for sure than a lot of things
that just aren't so". Jesus told Martha, who was frustrated over her sister
always sitting at His feet, "One thing is needful..." David, when speaking of his
love for the house of God sang, "One thing have I desired..." And his son Solomon
in so many words echoed the same, "Better is the sight of the eyes, than the
wandering of the desire" (Ecclesiastes 6:9). Life is much easier to manage when
whittled down to your "one thing". For Tiger Woods it is winning Majors, for
Coach Holmgren it is the Super Bowl, for John Maxwell it is teaching
leadership, for Bill Gates it was computers. Until you can define your mission
in a single word you are not ready to walk into the boxing ring of business,
marriage or ministry.
The head swirls when staring at more than one
goal at a time. "A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways" (James 1:8).
That does not mean we can't have multiple skills or several hobbies, but there
can only be one driving passion. I'm sure Mozart didn't spend much time practicing
the drums. Michael Jordan is in most minds the greatest basketball player to
ever play the game but when he switched canoes midstream and went with baseball
both sports suffered. "No man can serve two masters" (Matthew 6:24). That is
obvious enough. Ishmael and Isaac will always butt heads and fight over who
gets the front seat. Two sets of hands on a steering wheel is a recipe for
disaster. Eventually, a single priority must emerge.
Diversification can still be practiced, I mean
it is not wise to place all the eggs in one basket, but that is a matter of
management, not mission. In my case, there is the website, crusades, books,
tapes, traveling here then there. But my eye stays "single"; focused may be the
better word. For an evangelist the soul business must be our sole
business. It was for Mr. Moody; it was for Christ. He announced, "...for this
cause came I into the world" (John 18:37). Do you know your cause? It was "for
the joy that was set before him" that He endured the cross. It would have been
a struggle going through with Calvary had Jesus kept a carpenter business open
on the side back in Nazareth just in case. With a single eye Cortez had
his ships burned when landing in Mexico so there would be no means of retreat.
Once the "one thing" is clear, then, Jesus said, the whole body "is full of
light". Motives become clear. Direction and a plan of action light up. The
shadowy areas of if and how and when and where come into the light of noonday.
My wish for you this New Year is a bright, exciting focus into which you can
throw your whole person. What is the one cause you would die for? If you would
die for it then why not start living for it?