This One Thing I Do

“Brothers, I do not count myself to have attained, but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead…”

— Philippians 3:13

Why is it that some people succeed in life while others fail? Is it heredity, environment, luck, circumstances, parentage, money or education? I am sure those factors have contributed toward the success of some, and yet history is replete with examples of individuals who had none of those advantages, and yet they succeeded magnificently. Why?

Since life is fleeting, we should ask ourselves these questions. We should take spiritual inventory and determine what we are going to do and how we might do it better.

What is the secret of success?

Paul says: “This one thing I do,” and he makes it very clear that he has a definite purpose in mind. The first great law of success is to have before your mind that goal toward which you are headed. I am convinced that most people fail at the very beginning. The problem is that we jump on our horses and ride off in ten different directions, do we not? If we could just get things in focus, there is no telling what we might do.

The things that are done for Christ and His kingdom may not lead to worldly success. But to be great and successful as a Christian is to be a servant of all.

Dear Lord, we all may wish to be successful, but give us a servant’s heart. Help us look for the many opportunities to serve that You give us throughout our lives. Help us to focus on the work You have given us and to stay faithful to You come what may…