74. The Main Thing

“One church I was a part of for a long time,” Stan began, “had a pastor who was very fond of saying, ‘The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.’”

“What did he mean by that?” I asked.

“Depended on what he was talking about,” Stan replied.  “His point was to keep focused on what is important and to not lose track of it.”

“Give me an example,” I said.

“OK.  Say you are thinking about whether or not you are happy with the church you are involved with.  Say, further, that you are not crazy about the type of music that is presented, and you are thinking about finding a different church.”

“The main thing to focus on is not the music, but whether the truth of the Gospel is presented.  That is the main thing for any Christian church to focus on.  Don’t get sidetracked into looking only at the things that are not important.”

Continuing, Stan added, “Satan just loves to get us to focus on the unimportant and lose track of the important.”

“Carrying it further,” he added, “I have to focus every day on what is the main thing about my relationship with Christ.  What is the most important?”

“And what do you think that is?” I asked.

“Being a true disciple of Christ.  And that involves denying self, taking up my cross, whatever it is He has for me to be and to do, and following Him, wherever He leads and whatever the cost.”

“We could spend the whole day disputing what is the main thing for each of us,” Stan concluded, “but the main thing is to decide what is the main thing.  And then keep it the main thing that will develop your relationship with Christ along the lines He wants.”


But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20.

Prayer:  You are the Lord God Almighty, Ruler of heaven and earth.  I want you to rule over every area of my life, so that what you want to do in and through me is the main thing in my existence.  Please, Lord, help me in keeping focused on what you have for me as the main thing in everything that seeks to distract me.  Amen.

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