Choose the Good Part

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

Jesus was over for a meal, and Martha was working hard in the kitchen to get things ready– I can just see her scrambling from one task to the next, making sure everything was perfect. After all, the Son of God was visiting her house that day. And yet, her sister Mary was slacking off in the other room. Not helping Mary, she was listening to Jesus.

So Martha marched on over to Jesus. “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me” (verse 40b). To be honest, if I was in the same situation, I would have reacted as Martha did. Can you imagine how frustrating that would’ve been for her?

But, look at Jesus’ response: 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.’”

What was that good thing? Mary was sitting at the feet of the Savior, listening to what He was saying. She was soaking everything in, thirsting to drink from the living water Jesus provides.

It can be so easy to get caught up in “doing good.” As my parents have told me, there is no end to the amount of good things you can do. Their point is that priorities still have to be set. You can be doing good things yet still be so overbooked that you are neglecting other tasks that should have a higher priority…like sitting at the feet of Jesus.

How easy it is for us to wake up, think of the list of things needing to be accomplished by the end of the day, and decide we don’t have time to seek the Lord for 30 minutes…or 15 minutes…or even 5 minutes that morning.

Examine what Jesus said: “Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (verse 42).

We, too, must choose that good part. Make it a priority to spend the first part of your day in prayer and Bible study with the Lord, sitting at the feet of Jesus. Will it really make that much of a difference if everything else on our list waits 30 minutes? If you’re on a schedule, will it really make a difference if you have to get up 30 minutes earlier in order to create enough time for prayer and Bible study before your day starts?

It’s all about priorities. Jesus wants us to be like Martha– sitting at His feet because we chose the good part.

In Christ,

Christopher

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I am Christopher, and at the ripe old age of nineteen, I’m the oldest of this group! I really enjoy writing for the blog because it makes me spend time digging in to Scripture. In my free time, I enjoy playing soccer and piano (I play for my church). Joshua 24:15 is my favorite Scripture verse (right now!): “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” I hope that this blog encourages you to stand up for Christ and strive to know Him better.

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