In the classic movie City Slickers, the character played by Billy Crystal asked old Curly (played by Jack Palance), “Curly, what is life all about?” Holding one bony, crooked finger in the air, Curly replied. “It’s that one thing!” When Crystal asked Curly what that one thing was, he replied: “That’s what you have to figure out for yourself.”
What is the main thing in life? Have you figured it out? Some would say that money is the main thing in life, while others might point to possessions or friends, or family or happiness.
The woman at the well had no idea whom she was destined to meet that day, but the meeting with Jesus changed her life. Jesus spoke to her, a Samaritan woman, when religion and culture did not allow Him to do so. That was not the main thing in the story. He spoke to her of “living water” and eternal life. That was not the main thing in the story. He revealed that He was all-knowing by disclosing her past failures and her current “living arrangement.” That was not the main thing in the story. He discussed religion with her, particularly the spiritual differences between Hebrews and Samaritans over where true worship should happen. That was not the main thing in the story. He told her that true worship of God should be according to “spirit” and “truth” That was not the main thing in the story.
What was the main thing in the story? When the woman spoke of the Messiah and her hope of His coming, Jesus declared: “I who speak to you am He.”
The main thing is Jesus. The main thing is worshiping Him. The main thing is having a relationship with God through Him.
Our entire outlook on life changes when Jesus becomes the main thing. Our attitude becomes one of respect; respect for the place of worship, God’s people and God Himself. Our attitude becomes one of humility; a humble heart and humble actions. Our attitude becomes one of order and peace in our lives, rather than disorder and chaos.
God created you and me to worship Him. That is the main thing in life. All else is totally secondary. Jesus told the disciples to seek Him first and all of the other things in life would take care of themselves. (Matthew 6:33). In order to worship God in “spirit” and in “truth”, we must keep the main thing the main thing.
Jesus is the “one thing” that you must figure out for yourself. Do you know Him? Have you given your life completely to Him?
What He said to that woman at the well was essentially this: “I am the One that you are looking for. You do not need to look for anyone or anything else. I am He.”
Two thousand years later, after dying for us on the Cross, rising from the dead and ascending into heaven, this same Jesus says to you and me: “I am He”
You and I must keep the main thing the main thing. When we do, no-thing else really matters.