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One Thing is Needed! part 5
Again (continuing on from yesterday with more of John Lake's testimony), "God wants to do something new in connection with my work. It is not clear to my soul yet just what it is. Finances have been tight lately. There has not been the usual flow of financial help. Healings have not been so powerful for some 3 weeks. My spirit is disturbed. I feel the need of your prayers.”
Elder Brooks then responded to his letter. His response was a sermon in itself so I’ll just try to convey the essence of it.
We do not need to tell you that we love you and greatly desire that you should measure up to His Divine requirements. My soul seems to sense a possible error you are making in reference to yourself and work. I do not say I am correct at this point, but I have the soul sense that you have your eyes in the wrong direction. If your eyes get on the thing you believe God wants you to do, you will fail. Keep in mind, God will sacrifice the work to save the worker. With God the worker is important; with man the work is important.”
Wasn’t that the issue with Martha? Her focus was on the work, while Christ’s focus was on her. He was willing to sacrifice the work to save the worker.
Elder Brooks continues,
You see God and you see your need, but you also see other things and these other things you believe need you. Oh, my brother John, I once looked for power, wanted equipment, sought the gifts, but glory to God, one by one these faded, and as they faded there was a form, a figure, that emerged from the shadows which became clearer and more distinct as these other things faded and when they had passed I saw Jesus only.
I think that is the essence of what Jesus was saying in Matthew 6:33. It’s not Jesus and what I’m doing for Him, it’s just Jesus. It’s not Jesus and how much money I’m giving to the church, it’s just Jesus. The eye must have a single focus.
We have been looking at Matthew 6:25-33, now I want us to back up a couple of verses to 22. Matthew 6:22 “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” KJV
The single vision eye is one that sees Jesus only, and sees nothing else. It sees only one thing. It’s not "Jesus and _____" – it’s just Jesus. The single eye sees none but Jesus; the double eye sees Jesus and _____. Martha saw Jesus but she also saw her ministry. Mary just saw Jesus and that was the only thing needed. That is the solution to every situation we face. As long as there are things and doings in our vision then Jesus cannot be as mighty as He is, at least not in our life.
I want to read one last statement by Elder Brooks in his response to John G. Lake: “I by no means am indicating that you should do as I do, nor by any means go the way I go (Brooks spent his life in prayer). But I do say that to go your way may have not got you on your knees. If the prayer closet is neglected because of the stress of work, God will neglect the work.” END
Medication: A Merry Heart
There was a church where the preacher and the song leader were not getting along. As time went by this began to spill over into the worship service.
The first week the preacher preached on commitment and how we all should dedicate ourselves to the service of God. The song leader lead the song “I Shall not be Moved.”
The second week the preacher preached on tithing and how we all should gladly give to the work of the Lord. The song leader lead the song “Jesus Paid it All.”
The third week the preacher preached on gossiping and how we should all watch our tongues. The song leader led the song “I Love to Tell the Story.”
With all this going on, the preacher became very disgusted over the situation and the following Sunday told the congregation that he was considering resigning. The song leader lead the song “Oh Why Not Tonight?”
As it came to pass, the preacher did indeed resign. The next week he informed the church that it was Jesus who led him there and it was Jesus that was taking him away. The song leader lead the song, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
God Bless, Have a Great Weekend,
St Mark’s Community Church, Janesville
New Beginnings Church, New Ulm
Verse of the Week: Philippians 4:8 ESV
Today’s readings: Matthew 12:22-50 & Luke 7
Saturday: Matthew 13 & Luke 8
Sunday: Matthew 8:14 – 34 & Mark 4 – 5