“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.