Another great excerpt from Burrough’s The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment. Friends, what one thing is necessary in life?
“You know what he said to Martha: ‘O Martha thou cumberest thyself about many things, but there is one thing necessary.’ Before, the soul sought after this and that, but now it says, I see that it is not necessary for me to be rich, but it is necessary for me to make my peace with God; it s not necessary that I should live a pleasurable life in this world, but it is absolutely necessary that I should have pardon of my sin; it is not necessary that I should have honor and preferment, but it is necessary that I should have God as my portion, and have my part in Jesus Christ, it is necessary that my soul should be saved in the day of Jesus Christ. The other things are pretty fine indeed, and I should be glad if God would give me them, a fine house, and income, and clothes, and advancement for my wife and children: these are comfortable things, but they are not the necessary things; I may have these and yet perish for ever, but the other is absolutely necessary. No matter how poor I am, I may have what is absolutely necessary: thus Christ instructs the soul.“ -Jeremiah Burroughs, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment
Let me be at constant peace, because I have the one necessary thing.
Let me not be shaken, though all around gives way, because only one thing is necessary.
Let me not be tempted to envy and strife with others, because just one thing is necessary.
Let me trust the sovereign hand of your providence be they strokes of discipline or otherwise, because one thing is necessary.
Let me not fret or be frustrated, because one thing is necessary.
And let me not earn what you have already freely given, because yes, just one thing is necessary.
Just one thing is necessary friends. Just one thing.