Contemporary Sermon – 1.2.15 – Only One Thing Is Necessary

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The second in ours series of sermons on experiencing God can be found here. In this sermon I suggest that the Bible teaches that, in life, only one thing is necessary: knowing God.

Does that sound like an over-simplification? I’d be eager to hear your thoughts as you leave comments below.

In his book, The One True Thing, Howard Baker refers to the question “Is Jesus enough?” (p.21). Are we content to focus on Jesus and all that He brings into our lives or do we need to supplement Jesus by pursuing other goals/interests/priorities?

There are some other quotes from the book – quotes from various people who are saying that the one thing that is important is knowing God. The page numbers show where in the book the quote appears.

The one thing that God keeps us to steadily is that we may be one with Jesus Christ. – Oswald Chambers (p.15)

We need not fear that in seeking God only we may narrow our lives or restrict the motions of our expanding hearts. The opposite is true. We can well afford to make God our All, to concentrate, to sacrifice the many for the One… The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever. – A.W. Tozer (p.18-19)

Jesus taught that a disciple has to make his relationship to God the dominating concentration of his life, and to be carefully careless about everything else in comparison to that. – Oswald Chambers (p.21)

God nowhere tells us to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells us to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having – viz. life with Himself. – Oswald Chambers (p.21)

You can grow in knowledge if you take pains to set your heart most upon one thing. That thing is nothing other than a spiritual desire towards God – to please Him, love Him, know Him, here by grace in a little feeling, and in the glory of heaven with a full being – Walter Hilton (p.24)

There are many more. Those ones are just from the introduction!

Over the next while we will explore more about how we can have that relationship with God since that is fundamental to experiencing God.

I would love to hear your thoughts.

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