That is the magnitude of importance to be right with the Lord. In the next few verses Paul went into some detail explaining that he had come to realize that nothing is important without Christ in his life and that he had to give up some things in his life in order to give Christ His rightful place therein. When he finally came to realize the truth, Paul understood that many of the things he had thought were so important were actually inconsequential. Getting to Heaven is all that matters, and a person can only get to Heaven through Jesus Christ (Jn. 14:6).
So, Paul took on a new singular focus in his life, that of serving his Lord and getting to Heaven. That is the “one thing” to which he referred in vs. 13. “One” thing. Everything else is secondary. Everything else is subservient to that ultimate goal. Nothing else is as important as living in such a way as to be assured of an eternal home in Heaven.
Each one of us today needs to reflect upon his own life to see if he has learned and applied the lesson that Paul taught in this context of scripture. Does your life reflect this singular goal, getting to Heaven? Do you let anything get in the way of your achieving this goal? Is your dedication to Christ total and absolute?
If you were writing scripture today, and using your life as an illustration, could you truthfully say, as to your commitment to live in such a way as to be assured of being in Heaven for eternity, this “one thing I do.”? If not, it is time to turn your life around, just as Paul did his. Give up your life to Jesus Christ. We’d love to help you learn how through God’s word. Just ask us...