The phrase ‘this one thing’ has been on my mind for quite a long time now and it got me thinking ….. well it is in the mind and I am strongly a ‘thinker’.

So often God is asking us to do ‘this one thing’ and I think it can bring confusion as we often ask ‘what is this ‘one thing’ that is going to give meaning to my life and make my life mean what it is meant to mean’.

Some of us spend our whole lives looking and chasing after that ‘this one thing’ whereas others might be too scared to do the wrong ‘this one thing’ that they never do anything!  So both miss the ‘this one thing’!

The more I begin to ‘know’ our God I believe we make the mistake in thinking or asking what is the this one thing’ in our  whole lives  whereas God is so often talking to us in the ‘today’! 

The Word says ….. today  if you will listen to my voice ….. do not worry about tomorrow as today has enough challenges of its own …..  encourage one another day by day as long as it is called today ….. while it is said today if you will hear His voice ….. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness ….. Therefore God again set a certain day, calling it Today, when a long time later he spoke through David, as was said before: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Even though our sight should be on eternity God encourages/demands us to live in the ‘today’.

So my question to us is ‘what is  this one thing  that God is asking us to do  today?  Sometimes its a ‘first the natural then the spiritual’ kind of thing.

It might be something so practical that you clean the shower today before you get out and don’t leave it for tomorrow.
Maybe telling your husband before he goes to work how you love and respect him and that you are excited for your future together and that he looks or smells great! Don’t wait for the ‘girl’ at work to tell him!
Could it be that He (our God) wants you to spend a short time with Him before the busyness of the day begins.
Might it be that you give your kids a special hug before they leave for school and you tell them that you love being their mum!

Perhaps it could be that you stop looking at what you don’t have and begin to thank God for what you do have!
It might even be that you ‘stop’ for one second worrying about everyone else and just begin to thank God for you and leave the rest up to Him!
What about taking every thought captive, judging it and bringing it under the obedience of God!  You are not your parents, you are not what has happened to you!  You are an over-comer, someone who has overcome these things in Christ!
Could it be that you clean your house today and stop saying God understands.  Yes He does but not everyday!
Could it be that you stop chasing the signs and wonders and allow the signs and wonders to follow you?

My husband, Len Buttner, always says you never know if at the end of your obedience or  ‘this one thing’ there could be a miracle.

Yes, obedience could look like a tidy house, a visit to the neighbor, leaving ‘changing your husband’ up to God and loving him instead!  Yes, it could even look like repenting for wanting to be/to look like or have what  someone else has and thanking God for you, just as you are knowing He loves you too much to leave you just as you are. 

Your action might have to begin with ‘Jesus I can’t but you can’ and then do it!   Don’t wait for the feeling.  His grace (which is power) is sufficient for all our needs and actions!  The feelings will follow the actions not the other way around!

So let us be expectant  ‘today’  to do  ‘this one thing‘  not quite knowing what is at the end of our obedience!

Love as always ………….. linda rose

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