I used to really enjoy a good game of poker with all my friends. I admit to missing the camaraderie that a poker table brings. However, though I have given up gambling, I still dream of gambling, and if I were to still be a gambling man, I would gamble a ton of money, that if you had only one thing to ask the Lord it would not be this.
I would call your ante and raise the ante a million bucks, that the 'one thing' at the fore front of every prayer would not be this.
So, here is the gamble. I bet you, a million fantasy dollars, that if you only had one thing to ask the Lord, that this is not the 'one thing' you ask of the Lord.
Psalms 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
And, consider, moving this to the forefront of every prayer.
Jesus did not write a book, but he formed a community. All over the world, in local congregations, Jesus' community gathers as the 'body of Christ' and the 'house of the Lord'. Missing the 'assembling together' with the Jesus' community might be more harmful than anyone realizes. Joining together at a time and place, mutually agreed upon by your congregations leadership is the precursor to what the Psalmist declared and the practical application to fulfilling the 'sabbath'.
I bet some of you will gamble your soul that this is true, and will faithfully, join in community as Jesus' community with the longing that one day, you will 'dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of your life'.
And, you will win the pot along with the thrill of winning that is better than gold that persishes. And… you will not have that sinking feeling that you gambled it all and lost your soul to lesser things.
Lord, help us put it all on the table, giving all our soul, all our mind, all our strength, all of our love to You and join in community as your people that comprise 'the house of the Lord'.