Posted: 10/25/19 at 4:20pm. Column by Ed Jordan.
If you could only choose one thing to be the consuming passion of your life, what would it be?
Would it be one person with whom you desire to share the rest of your life? Would it be endless wealth? Or a permanent, prominent position of power?
For some it might be endless health, or three meals a day delivered to your home until you die. Some would choose fame or success in sports. Perhaps for you the one thing you desire might be to never die.
Many options and things come to mind when considering such a question. However, the question was not “what one thing would another choose,” but rather what one thing would you choose as the priority passion of your life?
This exercise seems a little reminiscent of the lifeboat game, where you imagine you are on a sinking ship and must get onto a lifeboat to try to survive. Due to the limited room on the lifeboat, you can only take three things with you for your survival. It is a difficult question to answer, because we are so accustomed to having lots of things, many of which we classify as a high priority in our lives. Furthermore, we seem to need more than three things to survive physically.
Today’s question is even more difficult, for the choice must become only one choice. Is it possible to have all our needs met by choosing only one priority, or one provider? What nominees would be in contention for selection?
Many nominees are referred to in the first paragraph. Money or wealth seems to be a finalist, but money can’t satisfy our emotional, spiritual, or relational needs. The Beatles learned that early on, when they sang “money can’t buy me love.” One of our greatest needs is to love and to be loved forever.
Thus the choice seems to be one that provides for you now during your earthly life but also has proven qualifications to take you through death and into a resurrected life that will have no end.
In truth, when evaluated as meeting all our needs, including providing life with God beyond death, all the typical earthly contenders for our “one choice” are left behind in the dust (ours and theirs). Earthly wealth, power, fame, health, and popularity all fail to always provide in life and in ability to carry us through death into eternal life.
In reality, Jesus is the one choice who gives us life now, and beyond death, as he promised in John 11:25-26 (CSB): Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live. Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
The Psalms were written long before Jesus’ birth and ministry. Yet King David, writing in Psalm 27, understood that God was the one true source of life forever, and the one choice that David was going to seek and spend life enjoying. In Psalm 27:4 (NLT) he affirms: “The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in His Temple.”
Choosing God as our passion and priority in life, gives us a life that is the best life now, and the only life which will go with us past the valley of the shadow of death, and into a bright eternity.
I have spent much of my life getting to know God, His faithful love, kindness, wisdom, generosity, power, companionship, and beauty. David was wealthy, had power, position, fame, and success.
Yet the one thing that was most valuable to him was to know God better and better, to worship God, learn from him, and rely upon him. The one thing David sought was to spend time regularly with God, delighting in the beauty and perfections of God.
How about you? Do you make God the priority of your life?
Do you regularly go with others to worship God, hear from God, delight in God, and share in the quality of life that only God can provide?
Jesus told us in Matthew 6:33 (NLT): “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
This one choice relationship—sought, established, delighted in, and lived out daily—brings you everything you need for living a great life here and for living eternally with God. Choose today!