A Single-Minded Life
Daily Bible Reading – Leviticus 20-22; Acts 20
Today’s Key Passage – Acts 20:17-35
Twenty years ago, a movie called City Slickers hit the box office for the first time. It is the story of a man name Mitch played by Billy Crystal who goes on a two-week adventure at a dude ranch in response to his mid-life crisis. The movie is a secular film, but as I read today’s passage I was reminded of a scene near the end of the movie in which Mitch is talking with the grizzled older cowboy named Curly, played by Jack Palance. Mitch was looking for the secret of life when the following dialog takes place between the two characters (edited slightly for content):
Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? [holds up one finger] This.
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest means nothing.
Mitch: But, what is the “one thing?”
Curly: That’s what you have to find out.
In the passage we read today, Paul says, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” That was Paul’s “one thing”. Paul lived a single-minded life – the one thing that was most important to him was preaching the Gospel of Christ. For him, everything else in his life was worth nothing.
In today’s society, a lot of different things compete in our lives to become the “one thing”. The world will tell you that money, fame, power, success, fun, or recognition are the most important things in life, but as followers of Christ we know better. We know that there is only one true thing (God) and only one true goal (to tell others about Christ). Like Paul, we too can live a single-minded life. We too can keep our focus on “one thing”. We too can come to understand that everything else in this world means nothing.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on February 13, 2014, in 05 - Acts and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, Evangelism, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Religion, Salvation, Service. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.