"One Thing Have I Desired Of The Lord"
Like David, let us set our hearts upon "One Thing", and seek that to the exclusion of all other things, and let the "One Thing" we seek be the Lord Jesus Christ himself. "Grant me Thyself, O Lord, and I will ask no more."
If I understand the aim and purpose of the gospel I preach it is just this: It is to cause all the capacities, powers, talents, ambitions, and affections of our hearts to be concentrated upon one object and to beat with one pulse for that object. And that one object upon which our hearts must be fixed is the Son of God, our blessed Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, that God would make us a people with one, solitary object possessing our beings, a people whose hearts burn with desire for nothing but Christ! This is my prayer, "Lord, compel me, by whatever means necessary, by the irresistible power and grace of your Spirit, to set my heart upon Christ alone."
I know this: You and I
must choose what we will seek and what we will serve. It will either be Christ
and the cause of his glory in this world, or it will be the world and the lusts
of our own flesh. We cannot serve both. And we cannot have both. "Ye
cannot serve God and mammon" (Matt. ). "Choose you this day whom ye will
serve" (Josh. 24:15). Will you serve Christ or self? Will you seek Christ,
or the lusts of your flesh? This is a choice that is made at the beginning of
the walk of faith. But it is also a choice that is made day by day in every
believer's experience. And the older we get, the longer we live in this world,
the more difficult it is to renounce the world, say no to the flesh, take up
our crosses daily, and follow Christ. But it must be done! "Seek ye
first," above all else, to the exclusion of all else, "the