October 16, 2016

One Thing Is Needed


Luke10:42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” 

It is not my intention to write a lengthy exposition on the subject of two famous sisters in our Bible—Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus and Martha in the kitchen “worried and troubled about many things” while Jesus is in their house. We all know this story and many have even chosen sides and defend one or the other, which can be somewhat troublesome if we aren’t careful.

Yet, let us be reminded that this passage in Luke is aimed at teaching each single one of us the value of sitting at the feet of Jesus and taking the time to be with Him and to listen to Him. The objective is learning to be still and know Him. This is a choice and priority we need to make in our walk with the Lord. Jesus Himself extends this beautiful invitation through this account in Luke 10:38-42.

The message to all of us is the importance of taking time and making time to pursue teachable moments with Jesus and to experience the magnificence of His nearness. These admonishing words were spoken by Jesus to Martha in verse 41-42 when he told 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.”

It is hard when our culture is driven to shape us into a constant active and busy mold. It is hard when we have so much pulling at us— not leaving time or room for the drawing near we desperately need.

But we can learn to pay attention and listen for His tender voice within our hearts and appreciate that He is calling us to this.

If we listen, we will hear Jesus invite each of us to sit at His feet.