Many, if not most of us have degrees of difficulty setting proper priorities in our lives and then keeping them in the right order. Jesus took a simple life experience to teach an extremely important principle. Two sisters were hosting Jesus in their home; Martha was preparing a meal and Mary “sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching” (Luke 10:39). Martha felt this was very unfair to be doing the work by herself. Jesus brings a perspective to this situation that we need to apply to our attitudes toward life’s priorities.
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10: 41-42).
Notice how Jesus adjusts Martha’s view of life and ours as well.
1. He reveals what is going on in our hearts; anxiety, a troubled spirit, and what we consider most important over the truly important. In most cases, we would never admit the secrets of our hearts, but Jesus brings them out in the open, not to condemn, but to correct.
2. We often try to balance what we think is important and put them all on the same level. In doing so, we fail to see that the “ONE THING” places everything else in its right place.
3. This is a choice we must make. “Mary has chosen the good portion”! We have all made bad choices in the past, or at least placed undue value on things that were of lesser value than our relationship with the Lord. It is vital to start making right choices NOW!
4. When we start making right choices, God will stand in our defense so our choice is not taken from us by others. Jesus defends Mary’s choice. She listened and learned from His teaching.
The Lord is placing this challenge before you and me; what “ONE THING” will we choose today that will put Jesus first and not worry about all the other things people think are more important. Your choice first affects you! It has an eternal implication and is the only thing you MUST DO!
David made this choice, “The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance” (Psalm 16:5-6). Don’t miss this blessing!
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