“And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 NKJV
At every family function, there will always be people, usually the women, who move up and about, setting the tables, preparing the meals and ensuring that everyone is well catered for. Martha was one of such persons. She had such an important guest visiting, the Lord Jesus Himself, and she was greatly concerned about preparing her home to receive Him.
On the other hand was her sister, Mary, who sought to truly maximise the opportunity of hosting Jesus in her home. She sat at His feet and listened to the Word as He preached (Luke 10:39).
How great a privilege it must have been for these two sisters to have Jesus in their home, but even greater is the privilege that we have to house Him in our hearts at all times! (1 Corinthians 3:16)
God’s Spirit is alive in our hearts but we are often too carried away by the pursuit of money, comfort and other needs of life, that we do not maximise His presence in us. We fail to focus on the things that matter. Jesus cautioned Martha about this. He reminded her that though she is troubled and worried about many things, only one thing is needed (Luke 10:41-42).
Mary chose to stay with the Lord, to listen to His Word and to prioritise Him above all other necessities. Our affairs in life certainly matter and God will have us prosper in them but we must not be so carried away as to neglect the opportunity we have to spend time with Jesus.
Jesus beckons on us to stay with Him and to fellowship with Him, to avoid being tossed about by worries and anxieties. We must concern ourselves with our fellowship with God, love for the brethren and fervour in our devotion. If we seek these things first and diligently, Jesus assures us that our wants and needs will be given to us in addition (Matthew 6:33).
God is able to meet all your needs (Philippians 4:19) but He will have you seek him first for the bread that He is and not just the bread that He gives (John 6:26-35).
Dear believer, Jesus is at your home today. He is alive in your heart and is with you at all times. Will you neglect Him for the busyness of life or give Him your undivided attention?
Bible Reading Plan: Luke 4: 31-44