Singleness of Purpose

Singleness of Action

Jeremiah 32:38-39 NIV

“They will be my people and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.” (Italics mine)

Here God promises to give the Israelites “singleness… of action.” These words draw my attention. Especially “action.” We as men like action. Moving ,shooting, and communicating. It’s good stuff. And here God promises not to squelch or put down the action, but to focus the action on Him. The Israelites had lost focus. They had completely turned their backs on their God, the LORD (Jeremiah 32: 30-35).You see Israel had been off worshiping this god by the name of Baal, and even sacrificing their children to him. Not good. However, God in all his mercy promises to turn their hearts back to Him in the days to come. We too need His mercy for we as well loose focus. Of course we do not go and worship other gods, or do we? How often do we know God is calling us to do something, but back down? God calls us to lead in our homes, churches, and country. But we procrastinate, we back down, we loose focus, and the things of God do not get done. We sit in front of the TV instead of before our God. We waste time and energy pursuing things we have no business pursuing. If we would only pursue the things God has called us to pursue, our lives would be radically changed! This should be our prayer. That God would put in our hearts His plans, and that He would give us the focus to follow them. That He would give us “singleness… of action.”

         A good analogy for this concept is found in the close combat exercise of room clearing. The team is stacked up next to the door. They bust through the door with “speed and violence of action.” As each individual member of the team comes roaring through the door they know they have one section they have to cover. One section they have to focus on. Team member number 1 goes left, number 2 goes right, 3 goes up the middle, and 4 comes around and covers the door. The whole team depends on each individual covering his section. If one individual looses focus the results can be deadly. It’s the same for us as Christians. We need to keep our focus on God. No, we must keep our focus on God. We loose focus when we back off from following God hard, or when we let sin in our lives. If we let this happen our families, churches, and country will suffer. The results can be deadly if we loose “singleness … of action.”

Joseph Schalchlin
Training Officer