From The Book: THE MAN GOD USES by Oswald J. Smith
THIS ONE THING I DO
“You remember that the Apostle Paul said, ‘This one thing i do.’ Paul was a man of one thing.
The man who is going to be successful (in ministry) is the man who has set everything aside, who has become a man of one thing, one purpose, one aim in life.
Any man with divided interest, any man with many schemes, plans and programmes, any man who is interested in other things, is not going to be successful (in ministry). The one who is going to succeed is the one who has but one great purpose in life.
WHEN I WAS A STUDENT…
When I was a student, I never dreamed of getting married until I had graduated and had commenced my ministry. For a student to take upon him the responsibility of a wife and family, is a tremendous financial burden. If his interests are thus divided, how can he concentrate on his studies and expect to succeed in his work? Would it not be better to wait until he is through with his schooling before taking such a step?
MINISTRY AND BUSINESS?
I never have been able to understand how some ministers can carry on their work as ministers and the same time go into business on the side.
If God calls a man to preach the Gospel, he should live by the Gospel. There is no reason why he should make a little money on the side. If he turns to business he’s going to become interested in business. He will give thought to it and he will not be a man of one thing. Part of his time will be spent in the ministry and part in business.
I have learnt that the ministry demands all that there is of a man. It requires his entire attention – all his thought, all his study, both day and night. He must be completely wrapped up in his vocation. He must be given over absolutely to the one great work to which God has called him….
Can a wife be a successful wife if she is interested in another man? Can a husband be a successful husband if he is interested in another woman? You know the answer…
My friend, have you a number of different interests? Are you trying to do several things instead of devoting yourself to the one great work to which God has called you? Do you want to be a success? Then, I say again, concentrate on one thing… “