If you watched the visual teaser you met Curly. I am not recommending that movie. I saw it years ago and there may be some objectional stuff in it. I just remember even at the time being captivated by this one scene. When the old cowboy Curly says, “you’ve got to find that one thing.” Everyone it seems is looking for things that will improve them, but have you ever stopped to think is there that ONE THING? I believe there is! I believe that God showed it to me a few weeks ago. So, what should be the highest mark to aim for? That’s the million-dollar question.
My friend, Steve, our Pastor’s son, just came back from a mission’s trip to Pakistan. He saw people healed and delivered. Somewhere around forty thousand plus people made commitments to Christ. He said it was amazing. But what surprised me is the next thing he said. It didn’t satisfy him. I knew what he meant because God has been speaking to my heart about this very subject too. There are people who say if I could just see a miracle once I would never doubt again. I have seen hundreds of them with the healings in my body that I have believed God for (all Glory to Him). It just doesn’t satisfy permanently. It doesn’t cause you to never doubt again. It’s great but there is something greater.
God had been dealing and challenging me to make a greater commitment to him. For those of you who had been on my website; you know that I prayed a dangerous prayer over ten years ago that led me on a journey from being the greatest of all sinners and a wimpy man to being able to function in many ways like they did in the Book of Acts. He has opened Divine Healing principles to me. I am so grateful and have been humbled and realize that I am the least (deserving) of all Christians. I don’t know it all and don’t pretend to. I am growing every day. He brought me to that point and I committed my life to him a while back as a living sacrifice.
Romans 12:1,2 talks about this: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”
I am at his disposal 24/7. I thought that was the highest call, but now I believe there is one higher even than that. So, what is that highest of all callings. What is that one thing? What could be greater than being a living sacrifice. I believe that I have found the answer in these verses in Philippians 3:10-14.
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means, I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Being a living sacrifice is a much greater commitment than if I could use the term; being a run of the mill-ordinary American Christian. To be a living sacrifice you make yourself available to God period. Then there is this passage in Philippians 3, that talks about “This One thing I Do/I Press Toward the Mark to Know Him. Like a runner running a race and pressing (leaning into the tape) at the end of the race after giving it all he or she has. There is an intensity of relationship that is above all others. TO REALLY KNOW HIM INTIMATELY IS THE HIGHEST CALLING!!!!!
All things trickle down and stem out of our relationship with the Lord. To be the greatest spouse/parent/worker, etc. trickles down from that one thing. As Steve and I found I nothing else satisfies but that ONE THING. I am just beginning to grow in this HIGHEST OF HIGH CALLING; but what a joy it is.
I believe in the early church these were not separate issues for most. They were sold out and committed right away and these commitment levels were simultaneously I believe. But here in America, they seem to come in stages.
So, for you "That One Thing" might be at first just to know and Believe in Jesus to gain eternal life and start your relationship with him. There is more information available on my website. Or maybe you are the average run of the mill Christian and you are sick of it and just want more. Go to Romans 12:1,2 and commit yourself to being a living sacrifice. Say “I am yours, Lord.” If you have committed yourself to be a living sacrifice and are ready for that ONE THING/TO KNOW HIM and to PRESS TOWARDS THAT MARK and are ready to commit yourself to that HIGHEST CALL then just go for it. Say “Lord, I want THAT ONE THING-YOU!!! Show me How.