BUT ONE THING IS NEEDFUL
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Isn't it true that we are always filled up with so much to do in our daily lives? I wake up early each day in the morning to do my daily activities. When the day is over I just have to rest and thank the Lord for each day. That is the normal life we all have.
When it comes to serve the Lord, I do admit that there are those who do God's will, they do serve the Lord with passion and humility. It is in this service that I want to share today. I want to encourage someone who has been serving the Lord and you didn't know if the Lord was in that, if the Lord was with you, if the Lord was listening to you, and to show you the needful thing.
Martha had a sister by the name Mary. Then, one day, something happened. Jesus came to the village where Mary and Martha lived. Martha was so kind as we see she received Jesus in her house. That was the best thing she could do. Then just as anyone could do, Martha had to prepare something for her guests to eat. She went to the kitchen with Mary to prepare something for the Lord. Did I say with Mary? Yes.
But you might ask me,'Brother Justus, the scripture doesn't say that, Mary was not in the kitchen but was listening to Jesus as He shared the Word'. Well, let me show you something my friend:
We do not have to choose between worshiping the Lord like Mary or serving the Lord like Martha. Neither does there need to be such a conflict between our physical or secular needs and our spiritual growth. Sadly, that is exactly what many believers end up with.
If you read carefully my friend, the Word shows us that Mary had been in the kitchen with Martha until Jesus started teaching. Look carefully Martha said that her sister had left her alone to do all the serving.....' Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.' I am here to show you the needful thing. The Bible says in Matthew 4:4 that man cannot live on bread alone but by every Word which proceeds from God's mouth. Mary was being fed from the Lord. Jesus is the bread of LIFE! While Martha was being distracted from her soul's needs by other things Mary was having a wonderful time with Jesus. I am not trying to imply that in this case Martha was doing a bad thing in serving the Lord, but am trying to show you the needful thing, the necessary thing.
This is what the Bible says in John 15:5, 'I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing'. Sometimes, even good things can fill up our lives to the point where we neglect our souls. God has not blessed us with our families, friends, jobs, abilities and other gifts to give us an excuse to abandon a close walk with Him. Without Him we can do nothing.
Mary chose the good part, and Martha came complaining to Jesus to this He replied, ' Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.'
Oh, that we could choose the good part just like Mary. Mary knew the secret, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Martha was worried about so many things, she had anxiety. Anxiety is a killer. Many of the physical and mental ills of our present day are stress related. And Martha is certainly a stressed out lady at this point in time. Her exasperation can be seen in the way she forms her question, "Lord, do You not care...?"Yes, the Lord does care, but not nearly as much about the problem as Martha sees it as He does about the real problem of which Martha is unaware. The Lord is more concerned about Martha's state of mind and priorities than He is about being served in a feast later on.
Jesus taught us that we should not be anxious or worry about anything, we must first seek God's Kingdom and it's righteousness and all these other things shall be added unto us. The needful and good thing which Mary had chosen was to listen to the Lord's teaching.At the end, the things Jesus said that day were of much more importance than what He ate. Today, if we are too busy to listen from the Lord; to pray and study His word; to meditate on life's purpose and to enjoy a peaceful, private time with Him, then there is something horribly wrong with our practice. If our walk of faith consists mainly of going to church and then on with life's busy day then we are not receiving of the goodness that the Lord has planned for us. And if we are so hassled by the routines of daily existence that we find ourselves lashing out at those we love as Martha did on that occasion then it is high time we change.
May the Lord quicken our spirits, to know and understand the necessary thing.
Blessings and love.
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"And if we are so hassled by the routines of daily existence that we find ourselves lashing out at those we love as Martha did on that occasion then it is high time we change." WOW! That last line hits the nail right and true. When we have (great) expectations of others we will surely be disappointed, but when we have none, but simply appreciate what does get done, then there is joy.