I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.” -Leonardo DaVinci

“Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” -George Addair

17As he went out into the street, a man came running up, greeted him with great reverence, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to get eternal life?”

18-19 Jesus said, “Why are you calling me good? No one is good, only God. You know the commandments: Don’t murder, don’t commit adultery, don’t steal, don’t lie, don’t cheat, honor your father and mother.”

20 He said, “Teacher, I have—from my youth—kept them all!”

21 Jesus looked him hard in the eye—and loved him! He said, “There’s one thing left: Go sell whatever you own and give it to the poor. All your wealth will then be heavenly wealth. And come follow me.”

22 The man’s face clouded over. This was the last thing he expected to hear, and he walked off with a heavy heart. He was holding on tight to a lot of things, and not about to let go.

Mark 10:17

It’s funny how Jesus uncovered that “one thing” the man was unwilling to relinquish. He KNEW he would never give up all of his wealth….

So, tragically, he walked away from Jesus.

AND, he walked away from heaven, too.

All because he didn’t want to let go.

I’ll be very honest…

There is one area of my life I’m really struggling to hand over to God.

And it’s because of FEAR.

“What if I do what I KNOW I SHOULD do?”

“How will I be able to do it, when there are so many things I cannot do anymore?”

“What if it all blows up in my face???”

“What if….?”

I am learning that all other lessons God has and wants to teach me are completely on hold.

Until I give Him this

“One thing.”

Am I right?

Don’t you find that when you’re reading the Bible, you often are faced with the same conviction over and over to surrender that “one thing”?

It doesn’t matter what book in the bible you turn to…

It doesn’t matter what chapter you choose…

Everything seems to be about your “one thing”!

Or maybe it’s several things for you.

I believe He won’t teach us anything else until we’ve mastered the lesson in front of us.

Maybe, for you, it is something you KNOW is wrong, but you simply don’t want to change.

Maybe it is fear for what will happen if you do what He’s asked of you.

I don’t know.

But I know I don’t EVER want to be the person who turns his back on Jesus.

I don’t EVER want to be the one who chooses

Regret over risk.

I desperately want to be so much braver than I am.

And He, just as desperately, urgently desires for me to just take His hand…

To trust that the water will indeed become a floor for me to dance across…

To a freedom I’ve never known just yet.

I want to “hold tight” to just one thing…

Just one thing….

His mighty Hand.

Just One Thing

5 thoughts on “Just One Thing

  1. When we “walk away sorrowing” because we are unwilling to hand over to Jesus the one thing that stands between us and obedience, we lose so much. The question I come back to so often is this: Would I want to miss the blessing by giving in to fear?
    May we find grace to follow and to keep on following!

  2. Great post, Pam. Too often I find myself worrying because I don’t know what my one thing is. I know we all have something, and I find myself torn between wanting to be closer to God and yet scared to find out what it is.

    • Thank you, Heather! I have to say, I loved your reflection! So very honest. Whenever I think about surrendering “all” to Him, there’s always this fear of what He will reveal about me. But to me, that’s another rarely talked-about form of faith. Having the faith to ask for our darkest parts to be revealed to us is the REALEST form of faith there is!! Thank you!!

  3. This reminds me of my quiet time today, Pami. I read about how Jesus’ hometown crowd didn’t like what He was saying about Himself and about them, so they tried to push Him off a cliff! And it made me wonder how often do I resist what Jesus is saying about Himself and my heart–effectually pushing Him off a cliff! When I view it from that drastic perspective, it really convicts me! I want to lay out my heart for Him to examine, cleanse and renew! Thanks for your inspiring post! I’ll be tweeting about it!

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