Only one thing.
If you were told you had to vacate your house and other than the clothes you wear you can only take one thing, what would that one thing be?
I have thought long and hard about that question. The noble part of me wants to answer a Bible. The nostalgic side of me wants to answer a photo album. The adventurer in me would want a camera. The practical side says to take a 72 hour bag with toiletries, clothes, a blanket, phone charger, extra cash, and a Bible tucked inside. The protector in me would like a gun.
One thing is not very much. . . . But one thing is a lot.
The rich youth that asked Jesus about inheriting eternal life only lacked one thing. But that one thing was too much for him to deal with. (Luke 18:18-23).
Let’s change directions. What if you could ask for one thing from God. What if God promised to grant you one request, dream or wish; what would that one thing be?
Fame? Wealth? Wisdom? Health? Long life? A good family? Courage?
The psalmist considered this question and answered this way,
“One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple” Psalm 27:4
That is a great answer! One thing is important. The one thing I want in life and in life eternal is to be with God.
What about you?