The LORD has many ways to bring us to proper priorities. For me He simply removed my ministry. Yet, when He removed it, I was granted the opportunity to find a new basis for relating to Him. As the LORD came to me He said, “I’m calling you back to your first love” (see Revelation 2:4). He wanted me to be the person of one thing – the passionate pursuit of God.
So, the LORD came to me, like He did to David ‘One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple’ (Psalm 27:4 NKJV).
This is a very challenging verse for me that tears at my heart.
The power of this verse, or this principle of David’s life is the two words “one thing.” David wasn’t exaggerating. This was real. It’s so easy to broad-stroke this reality and to make this verse tame, to say “one thing really means many things.”
I sensed the LORD gentle nudge, “You haven’t yet entered into the fullness of what I have called you in this verse. I know that’s what you want. And that’s why I’ve come to you and shown you the true condition of your heart. I’m going to allure you into the wilderness (see Hosea 2:14), and there I will awaken you to a depth of love relationship beyond anything you’re known.”
The power of this passage, is in the narrowness of what God is saying. Its offense is its narrowness. Its dilemma is in its narrowness. It creates a predicament in life when we actually try to walk this out.
And, it’s not a problem, until it becomes the Holy Spirit invitation, that dovetails into a mandate. He brings the thing up a notch. If we’re going to say “yes,” then He’s actually going to meet us and take us seriously in this.
To many it’s still an invitation, but for some, including myself it’s a life mandate, and it’s serious. Now this creates a quandary. How do we do this? How do we make it work in an environment of real life in a broken and fallen world?
Let’s look back to David’s life for some direction. There is a certain amount of rigor in David’s life that is implied by that statement. David didn’t show up one day saying, “The thing I desire most is God.” This is the confession of a man who had made many decisions throughout his life that brought him to this place.
The statement, “One thing I have desired of the Lord,” is not an automatic statement. This is a statement that is the fruit of years of pressing into God and allowing God to gently crush and mould him. David contended for this type of lifestyle. He constantly pressed into God.
I cried out, “O God, am I sure? Is this happening? Am I really doing this? Am I getting the fullness of the breakthrough that You’re asking me in the realms of righteousness?”
The Lord replied, “If this becomes the first thing, I promise you I will give you the other things in My timing and in My way.”
For me there was only one thing that really mattered. It is the first commandment in the first place. ‘Jesus said, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment”’ (Matthew 22:37-38 NKJV).
He is teaching me the secret of loving Him first and deriving my fulfilment and sense of success from the affections He gives me in the secret place.
But I have also learnt another very powerful lesson: Satan will employ whatever device will work – anything to keep me from becoming the person of one thing.
Because once we find this attainment we will become a passionate revolutionary for God, set on fire as a dangerous weapon in the hand of Our God for the purpose He has anointed us for.
This greatest dimension of kingdom power (heaven opened, earth invaded) will be touched by those who are truly ignited and energised by their personal love relationship with their LORD.
The LORD has been kind to me and He is teaching me the secret of loving Him first that comes from me becoming a person of one thing.
May we each become “a person of one thing.”