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Devotional

The empty promises of the world define success and contentment in terms of money, possessions, prestige, and power.  Satan convinces us that if we have these things, then we have a good life.  He convinces us that it's up to us to hold it all together.  And so we work harder and study more, and we try to be responsible for our own success.

We hear God's work speak truth into our lives all the time, and we say God is in control, but the way we live suggests we don't really believe that.  If we love a little more, act a little nicer, right? We start to believe that we are the ones in control.  And Satan convinces us that it's up to us to earn our way into heaven. 

But even when we take a wrong turn, when we focus too much on building our castles on the sand or our stairway to heaven, God turns it around for our good.  He is patient and kind, long-suffering and forgiving.  He takes the ideas we have about who we are and what we need, and redefines them for us.  The key is we have to let him do this for us.

Ephesians 2:4-9 says “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which HE loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together in Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the imeasureable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing: it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”

God did this for us.  We didn't do it for us. No matter how great a life we make for ourselves, no matter how much we love our families, it will never be good enough.  The only thing that is good enough is the redemption and salvation that comes through Jesus.

Our part in all of this was that we were dead in our sin.  God did it all.  He chose us, he started us, and he will complete us.  No one is greater than He.  He sees all, knows all, and controls all.  He is the only way and the only one who can rescue us from the lies the world tells us.  The challenge is to let him be the one that holds your life together, let God define himself you.  Put your trust in him and allow him to show you how much he loves you and that His Son’s sacrifice is for you. 

Scripture

  • John 6:25-40
  • John 10:1-18
  • John 11:17-27
  • Acts 4:12

 

Lyrics

(Mark Hall, Matt Maher, Jon Mabe, Blake Bollinger)

One more mother with a broken heart
One more family is torn apart
One more orphan out in the cold
One more fear that takes control
One more tangled in the same old lies
One more shackled to the same old highs
One more scared of what tomorrow brings
And one more chasing yesterday

Lord, let Your kingdom come

Who can right every wrong
You are the only One
Who can calm every storm
You are the only One
You alone are Father, Savior, Spirit, Healer, Redeemer
Lord of all
You are the only One

One more skeptic to believe
One more prisoner has been set free
One more longs to be Your hands and feet
One more standing for the least of these
One more praying in the morning light
One more shining in the darkest night
One more life worth fighting for
No greater love worth dying for

Lord, let Your kingdom come
Lord, let Your will be done

I want to know You more
I want to make You known
I want this world to see
That You’re alive in me
Jesus, You’re the only One

(Father, Savior, Spirit, Healer)
You are the only One
(Redeemer, Lord of all)
You are the only One

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About the Song

“This is the first time I’ve written with Matt Maher. I felt like I knew him because we sing all his songs in church. I’ve always been a big fan of Matt since ‘Your Grace Is Enough’, but we’ve never had a chance to write together. He sent me an email a while back and said, ‘I’m working on this song right now and you just keep popping in my head every time I keep thinking about it. It’s called ‘You Are The Only One.’” I took the verses and I began laying out these verses that show this is where the world is, they are real live people who love life and love their family and want to be happy. They are just destroying themselves because there is no compass. This is where the world lives and love is great, but love isn’t going to save them. This song reminds us that at the end of all of our good deeds and thoughts, Jesus is the only one that’s going to save and rescue us. The second verse draws a picture of what happens when somebody gets saved: One more skeptic to believe, one more prisoner has been set free, one more longs to be your hands and feet, one more stands for the least of these.”