“But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
The apostle Paul was able to list his priorities on one finger, “One thing I do”. What was his one thing? Christ Jesus. It was Paul’s clarity of purpose and passion in pursuing that purpose that allowed him to fulfill all that God planned for him. This focus is not only critical for Christ-followers, but also for churches to fulfill God’s plan for them in their generation.
At VALLEY Christian Church, here’s our one thing – Jesus! That’s what we really care about. At the end of the day, we want people to meet Jesus, grow in Jesus, be like Jesus, worship Jesus, follow Jesus, obey Jesus, when they die be with Jesus, resurrect with Jesus and live forever with Jesus. That’s what we’re into. Everything else is secondary. Our mission (“Transforming our world through Christ-centered living”), is Jesus and people. If at any point we lose sight of that, we’ll have division, lose sight of our purpose and fail to fulfill God’s plan for us.
As a Christ-follower, what’s your “one thing”? If your a pastor, what’s your church’s “one thing”? How clearly do those in your church understand the priority of your “one thing” above all else? How does your church calendar, budget and ministries reflect your “one thing”?