Sermon of the Week – One Thing


(Sept. 2, 2012 – Beausejour Church – Pastor Chris Jordan)

  • To download a printable version of these notes, click HERE.
  • To listen download or listen to this audio sermon online, click HERE.

VIDEO INTRO: You can view this movie clip on youtube HERE.

Clip from City Slickers with Mitch and Curly discussing “One Thing.” This is an interesting movie because Mitch (Billy Crystal) is going through a mid-life crisis and finds his life is missing something, and goes looking for that ‘one thing’ – the secret to life.

Have you ever felt like you were missing something in your life – that ‘one thing’?

PERSONAL TESTIMONY: For the past several months, I have allowed myself to get so busy doing the work of the ministry – working for the Lord – I have neglected the most important thing of spending time with Him.

  • Because of that, it has affected my joy, passion and excitement about life and ministry.
  • However, I’m happy to report that I’ve rediscovered that ‘one thing’ – thanks Jesus!

OPENING STORY: Here’s a story the Lord has challenged me with many times in my life and ministry.

38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha (Stewart!) welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 41 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.” (Luke 10:38-42).


  • (Thanks to Mark Driscoll for the thoughts in this section).
  • Mary — Martha
  • Contemplative — Active
  • Word — Work
  • Being — Doing
  • Type B — Type A
  • Presence of God — Presents for God
  • Relationship — Responsibility
  • Full Heart — Full Schedule
  • Which one are you? If you don’t know, you’re a Mary. Martha knows.
  • I’m a Martha, but I’m learning to be more like Mary.
  • How can you tell when you’ve been ignoring that ‘one thing’ in your life?
  • Like Martha, you become distracted, frustrated, worried and troubled about many things.
  • Is that you today?

THE BIG IDEA: The one thing – the most important thing – that we can do in our Christian lives is to abide in Jesus in prayer, in the Word, and in His love.

  • This doesn’t mean we stop doing other things – but we need to do first things first!
  • First things first – Mary (being with Jesus) then Martha (doing things for Jesus)
  • Notice creation week – “Then evening and the morning were the first day.” Rest first.
  • We need to put Jesus first, and then we will have strength to do our work.

KEY TEXT: “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.” (King David, Psalm 27:4).

  • David said his #1 desire was to seek the Lord, to see Him and know him more.

1.                  ABIDE IN JESUS IN PRAYER:

1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.

  • Jesus is using a metaphor to describe our relationship with Him.
  • Sometimes He needs to prune our lives – remove things that keep us from being fruitful.
  • If you cut a branch off of a tree, it will no longer bear fruit. What kind of fruit?
  • “But the fruit of the Spirit is: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Gal. 5:22-23. NLT).
  • This is what happens when we neglect our personal relationship with Jesus.

4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:1-6).

  • If we want to be fruitful Christians, we need to abide in Jesus.
  • We can’t do it in our own strength! I’ve tried, and it doesn’t work.
  • If we don’t bear fruit, we will be cast out like a branch and thrown into the fire. Yikes!
  • This is more than just saying your prayers or having a ‘prayer list’.
  • Abiding in Jesus means spending time focusing on your relationship with Him.
  • It is sharing your heart with Him, and taking the time to listen to Him, too.

2.                  ABIDE IN JESUS AND HIS WORD:

7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” (John 15:7-8).

  • The second part of our devotional life must include Bible reading.
  • We abide in Jesus, and we must also abide in His Word.
  • “1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious” (1 Peter 2:1-3).
  • As we abide in the Word, we will grow spiritually.
  • It’s good to have a Bible reading schedule to stay consistent in the Word every day.

3.                  ABIDE IN JESUS AND HIS LOVE:

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” (John 15:9).

  • Review 1 Pet. 2 again – if we don’t taste and see that the Lord is good, we won’t have a desire to pray or read our Bibles. We must meditate on His love first.
  • “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19).
  • When we know and believe the love that Jesus has for us, we become more loving.
  • “Behold what manner of love the Father lavished on us.” (1 John 3:1). Meditate on it!
  • It’s not Mary or Martha – it’s Mary first, then go and love and serve and bless.


18 Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 20 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ” 21 And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” 22 So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack ONE THING. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 23 But when he heard this, he became very sorrowful, for he was very rich.” (Mark 10:17-22).

  • What’s ONE THING is holding you back from following Jesus with all your heart?

PRAYER: Give people an opportunity to respond to the Word and make first things first.

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About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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