“One Thing”

June 17, 2008 by  
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Brent Amato - Last Words and the Last WordI’ve brought with me this morning six individuals: A rich young ruler, a healed blind man, David, Martha and Mary, and Paul. What do they all have in common? They all have come to preach you a sermon this morning!

Consider my dilemma this morning. Unlike your Senior Pastor, Dave, I’ve only got one shot at you. What should be preached with only one opportunity? I can’t really talk about a lot of things. I probably should talk only about one thing.

And when you think about life, aren’t there too many things? Too many things with your family…too many things in your other relationships…too many things around the house…too many things at work…too many challenges…too many responsibilities…too many things to do…too many things to be…And in our spiritual lives, don’t you feel sometimes there are too many things…too many things to do…too many things to be…how many sermons have you heard in the last year with three points, exhorting us to all sorts of applications…no shortage of spiritual input…Too many things.

Did you know that the Bible talks about “one thing”? It’s what links together the six individuals I mentioned.

One of the challenges of life and the spiritual life is priorities. According to Webster’s dictionary, a priority is “something which we give precedence by assigning a degree of importance to it.” One person has observed, “Most people have not settled the issue of what their priorities should be. Among those who do know, too few live according to these priorities.” Someone has once said, “One of the most difficult things to get people to do is do things in the order of their importance.” Wrong or unwise priorities lead to failure and in some cases to moral failures. Priorities involve focus and concentration which unleashes great power.

We’ve been studying the Psalms and I have challenged us to memorize a key verse (Psalm 40:3): “And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear, and will trust in the Lord”-Repeat it with me. You should be singing the song that God has given you and when you sing it, it will change you and impact people around you! But let me ask you
Will you hear, learn and remember the song God has given you?
Will you sing the song?
Will you sing the song joyfully?
Will the song cause you to…
Praise God in a new way?
Know God in a new way?
Fear God in a new way?
Trust God in a new way?

That’s my pray for us this morning! Are you with me?
Psalm 100 is a Psalm that take you back to basics:
What we should do every day no matter what
Why we should do it

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