“But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
Kingdom awareness is on the increase. More people are getting involved in the work of ministry. Church denominations as well as the number of churches are multiplying. However, it is an open secret today that many of the denominations, even churches within the same denomination, differ on key issues of faith. It is the same faith but sometimes outrightly different beliefs. It is undisputable that they can not all be right. Some must be acting in grievous error out of ignorance or in deliberate violation of the standard
It is reminiscent of the days of the earthly ministry of our Lord Jesus when multitudes followed Him for different reasons. Some had genuine interest in His message of salvation, while some followed Him to have an opportunity to trap Him. Many did so for the food and security that He provided. In Christ’s own word, John 6:26 says “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” His counsel was “Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed” John 6:27
This counsel and Christ’s response to Martha in Luke 10:42 are clear indications that there are priorities in the gospel. Issues and activities carry different weights and relevance. There is a nucleus of the faith that is irreducible and absolutely important to be accorded the most attention. Mathew 13:44 says the kingdom of God is a treasured land which when one finds, he goes to sell all that he has to be able to buy it. For this reason Mathew 6:33 says “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The message of John the Baptist was “repent and be saved, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” Jesus sent the twelve and the seventy to win souls; and the goal of the great commission is soul winning. Christ’s birth, ministry, death and resurrection is the center and main message of the gospel. Salvation of souls is its goal. While it is good to seek the earthly privileges that are in serving the Lord, the most important goal of the believer must be to make Heaven. It is that which is worth sacrificing every other thing for.
In the race for relevance and reward in ministry, some pray endlessly and some fast without limit. There are those who major in preaching the word, in prophesy, in evangelism, and some in the working of miracles. These and whatever other gospel strategies employed must, in content and context, be with the sole aim of winning souls for Christ. Every believer must examine himself to be sure that he is not off course.