How to Be a Person of ONE THING in Our “ADD” World

  • How to Be a Person of ONE THING in Our ADD World
  • “And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”—Lk. 10:42

Are you ready for letter 4 and 5 of F-E-L-L-O-W-S-H-I-P?

In previous Spiritual Fuel editions we covered the first 3 of the 10 letter acronym: F (Fear of the Lord), E (Endurance) and L (Love).

Now, let’s continue with the fourth letter…

L: Light of Glory

  • Suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me . . . And since I could not see for the glory of that light, being led by the hand of those who were with me, I came into Damascus. (Acts 22:6,11) And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” (Ex. 33:18) You shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending. (Jn. 1:51) “I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man… The mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings. 6:17) Lord, lift up the light of Your countenance upon us. (Ps. 4:6) His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. (Rev. 1:16) Oh, send out Your light and Your truth! Let them lead me . . . bring me to Your holy hill. (Ps. 43:3) (Also see: Ex. 33–34; Isa. 6; Ezek. 1; Acts 2; Rev. 1: 13)

Our Father is a “Father of Glory” (Eph. 1:17) and we need the light of His glory shining over us.

When Paul got converted, he saw Jesus in a great light from heaven (Acts 22:6–11). Moses also prayed to see God’s glory (Ex. 33:18), and his face shone with the splendor of God.

Like Moses, you can also ask to encounter the realm of God’s glory… Jesus said that His disciples would see an open heaven in which they would see the angels ascending and descending (Jn. 1:51).

“Glory encounters” include seeing angels and experience the glory of God’s presence in dynamic ways.

Ask Him right now, to shine the light of His face on your soul.

Here’s a sample prayer:

  • “Father, let me see the light of Your glory. Give me Holy Spirit encounters—dreams, visions, angelic visitations, manifestations of Your light, fire, and wind—as You gave to Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel, and John and the disciples on the day of Pentecost, In Jesus name I ask. Amen”

Ready for the fifth letter of the acronym?

O: One Thing

  • One thing I have desired . . . that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to be-hold the beauty of the Lord. (Ps. 27:4) But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part. (Lk. 10:42) One thing I do . . . reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 3:13–14) I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (Ps. 16:8)

The “one thing” concept is SO foreign to our busy lives…

The same technology that has enhanced “communications” have added a thousand new distractions… so, instead of ONE THING, we tend to be a people of “ONE HUNDRED things and counting”…

Between social media, SMS texts, phone calls, mobile notifications and all kinds of “new apps” that do this and that… we are constantly interrupted… constantly distracted…

In a way… we suffer self-induced ADD (attention deficit disorder).

Do you know what is the current attention span of our AG (after Google) times?

For adults it used to be 45 minutes (some decades ago), now, the normal attention span is… 90 SECONDS!

You read that right… no one would dare to admit it, but leaders in the advertising and direct response industry know this well.

So… how can you live a ONE THING lifestyle in today’s world?

You could become a monk and join a monastery, or a nun and join a convent…

… great for you if you can do that, but for 95% of the body of Christ that is not possible…

The concept of “living in the wilderness” is very noble and in some cases Biblical, but if you do that… who’s going to pay your bills and feed your family?

So, a better question (for most of us) is…

How can I be a ONE THING person in a very busy world? How can I do this living in the market place? While attending all the other things I need to take care of…

That my friend, will require unrelenting focus, constant commitment and military (plus) discipline…

But we don’t have the time (now) to develop a comprehensive “how to”—that’s why I created Christ Academy, to help you learn spiritual “how tos” step by step.

But you can start by doing this…

Determine to be CONSISTENT in spending time before the Lord and His Word, as the first thing you do every single day. You can make that happen. Don’t have the time? (make the time, wake up earlier).

No excuses (:

In closing, to be a man or woman of “one thing” like David (Ps. 27:4), or like Mary of Bethany (who sat at Jesus’ feet – Lk. 10:42), You MUST ask the Holy Spirit to help you…

He will give you a strategy and show you HOW you (in your specific life situation) can be a person of ONE THING.

Then, ask the Lord to intervene and call your attention, when you start to drift away from Him…

And one more thing, be extremely gracious and forgiving with yourself when you fail… pick yourself up, return to the Lord and try again.

Here’s a sample prayer:

  • Father, I commit to live as a person of one thing. Help me to regularly sit at Your feet as Mary of Bethany did. Strengthen me to desire and maintain a lifestyle that has regular times before You in Your Word. When I lose this focus, send Your Word to deliver me, as You did for the early church (Rev. 2:4–5, 3:1–3, 3:15–20).

What is your opinion about this?

Post your thoughts below, I know you have some (:

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17 Comments

  1. tabitha June 15, 2015 at 6:46 am - Reply

    am blessed.by your messages. may the Lord equip you and keep you for the edification of the body of Christ.

  2. Mike June 15, 2015 at 9:06 am - Reply

    Dear Pablo,
    Thank you for including me in these messages……God bless you real good!

  3. Adedapo Oluwatayo June 15, 2015 at 9:09 am - Reply

    You are right about the average attention span. I found that i an better off spending the first hour after waking up with God and prayer and word study. So, I made it a point to wake up before others around me do. Our crave for achievement also take our attention off the very person that gives success. The world has sold us the idea of personal investment, leaving out God’s enabling grace and blessings, even on church altars. May God help us. Thanks and god bless
    Adedapo

  4. Johnson Obekpa June 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm - Reply

    This is very encouraging. My prayer life of recent has been inconsistent. But with the light I have just received from this “ONE THING”, I am now determine to keep a focus and regular prayer pattern by the help of the Holy Spirit.
    May the Lord continue to use you in Jesus name, Amen!

    • Pablo Perez June 15, 2015 at 3:58 pm - Reply

      I’m glad to hear that Johnson… and Amen! to your prayer.

  5. Vitus Ajaegbu June 22, 2015 at 6:10 am - Reply

    This is a wonderful and nourishing Word of God.

  6. Larry E. Rail July 27, 2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Dear Pablo, you are so right man; I do start my day right with an hour of silence; listening to the Lord, and then to focus diligently on the Word of God for another hour! This all takes place when I start at 6 a.m.

    BUT sometimes I fall asleep if I haven’t rested well in the night, and sometimes disturbances about finances come flooding in! Thank you for reminding me about that “One Thing” (Luke 10:42)

    • Pablo Perez September 23, 2015 at 10:54 pm - Reply

      awesome words Larry – good to hear from you (:

  7. Larry E. Rail July 27, 2015 at 7:08 pm - Reply

    Yes Pablo, thanks for reminding me about Martha and Mary! (Luke 10:42)

  8. Angela September 26, 2017 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    Thank, you so much for sharing with us,spending the first time with the Lord will help to acomplish our daily
    accomplisments even more with him and in Him ! Thank you for sharing how to get clother to the Lord !

    • Pablo Perez September 28, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      My pleasure Angela, thank you for your words (:

  9. Susan October 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Thank you brother Pablo, and thank God you are a blessing to the body of Christ! May the good Lord continue to open the eyes of your heart to see Him, amen!

  10. Lavinia Alexandru February 1, 2018 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    This is such good deep stuff to read and apply to my life! We all need .more of Jesus! Thank you for your wonderful writings and music. I love your music! Blessings!

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