Make Jesus Your One Thing

Series: Rebel's Guide to Joy | Week 8: When the Past Haunts You

Read Philippians 3:18-20 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.

Today’s passage paints a clear contrast of what it means to be an enemy of Jesus versus a follower of Jesus. In verses 18-19, it’s believed that Paul was referencing a couple possible groups: (1) Judaizers, who were known during that time for focusing on their traditions and rules, and (2) casual Christians, who claimed the name but lived for themselves and this temporary life on earth. In both instances, the result was either following rules or the whims of the world, not following Jesus.

If we want to be great at everything that truly matters, making Jesus our “one thing” is where it happens. Not following Him for the sake of rules or as an excuse to do whatever we want. But making Him the priority in every area of our lives. Letting His ways and His Word shape how we respond in every situation. Keeping our eyes on our ultimate citizenship in heaven. Jesus has sacrificed everything for us. The only response that makes sense is to follow Him with everything we have.

Make Jesus your one thing. Do you tend to focus on following rules to the point of missing God’s heart for you? What about prioritizing your own desires and whims over what Jesus would want you to do? Pray through both of these things, exploring different areas of your life. Ask God to reveal anything that’s keeping you from making Him your “one thing,” and write down what comes to the surface.

Use your Philippians Guidebook to reflect and respond. For a digital copy of the guidebook, visit

Want to go deeper? Look up the following verses for another perspective on what it means to follow our own desires versus following Jesus. Note what you observe and then continue with your time of response.

Romans 8:5-6

Rebel's Guide to Joy