As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Marthaopened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Martha was busy serving the Lord. Mary was busy sitting at His feet. Jesus was enabling Mary to be lazy – or so it seemed to Martha. “Lord, don’t you care…?” Martha was bothered not just with Mary, but a little bit with Jesus. Oh, she loved Him and was serving Him, but what about Mary? To not prompt her to service seemed like a missed opportunity at best or an affront to Martha at worst. Surely Jesus wouldn’t do either – so Martha asked the question. I am sure that it was amazing to Martha that the lesson from Jesus that day would be for her! “Only one thing is needed” – what a statement! Only one thing! “And Mary has chosen what is better.” The one thing needed is to sit at the Lord’s feet. Mary chose that one thing. She didn’t have to choose it, but she did. The pressure to serve was evident from her sister, but she choose what was better! It would not have just happened, Mary had to choose it and she did.
The one thing that is needed for me is to sit at the feet of Jesus, listening and learning. “For man does not live on bread alone…” (Matthew 4). This time at the Lord’s feet will not happen on its own – it must be chosen! There are too many other things that clamor for my attention. The most guilty of these are the good things of serving. They are good… but sitting here at Jesus’ feet is better! As I listen and learn from Him through His Word and by His Spirit, He gives me what no one else can, and He equips me to serve Him today. Without this relationship with Christ, serving Him would become a chore. In the context of relationship – it is a joy to serve. First things first… chose what is better and the rest will fall into proper place.
Lord Jesus, thank You for the invitation to come and listen to You. Thank You for the Bible that speaks powerfully into my life. I choose to sit at Your feet everyday! Please help me to remember this lesson and my commitment during the seasons of ministry where many things clamor loudly for attention. Help me to hear Your still small voice in those days. Your grace still amazes me. I love You.