Summary: I. EXORDIUM: What do we really need in this life? II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To show that we only need JESUS IV. TEXT: Luke 10:42 (New Living Translation, Second Edition) There is only one thing worth being co

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What do we really need in this life?




To show that we only need JESUS


Luke 10:42 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”


The only one thing is the LORD JESUS CHRIST


Only One Thing


A. Author: Dr. Luke, the Beloved Physician (Col 4:14)

Colossians 4:14 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Luke, the beloved doctor, sends his greetings, and so does Demas.

B. Audience: Theophilus (identity is unknown)

C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of CHRIST as seen by eyewitnesses.


A. Only one thing is needed

(One thing came from Greek word: hice meaning a primary numeral, one man (JESUS CHRIST)

1 Timothy 2:5 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.

1. Example of the rich young man (Luke 18:22)

a. The rich young man looked to the law and the commandment for his salvation but ignored JESUS.

Luke 18:22 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

When Jesus heard his answer, he said, “There is still one thing you haven’t done. Sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

2. No one in heaven but the LORD JESUS CHRIST - Desire the LORD JESUS CHRIST (Psalms 73:25)

Psalms 73:25 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.

3. The Goal of Eternal life is JESUS CHRIST (John 17:3)

John 17:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.

4. Good works is nothing without the LORD JESUS CHRIST (1 Corinthians 13:3)

1 Corinthians 13:3 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

5. We are complete in the LORD JESUS CHRIST (Colossians 2:10)

Colossians 2:10 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

6. The Eternal life is in the LORD JESUS CHRIST (1 John 5:11-12)

1 John 5:11-12 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.

B. Someone has discovered it - Mary (Luke 10:39-40)

- without works as differentiated from Martha

1. Martha is so distracted with the works for JESUS rather than JESUS

- busy with ministry rather than JESUS

- we must be busy with the LORD JESUS CHRIST

Luke 10:39-40 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.

But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

C. It will not be taken to the one who discovers (Luke 8:18)

1. We discover JESUS by listening to His Words on a daily basis.

Luke 8:18 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

“So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

Romans 8:35-39 (New Living Translation, Second Edition)

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?

(As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”)

No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


The one thing we need is JESUS CHRIST keep busy with Him.

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