Luke 10:38-42 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 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.” NKJV
After our Lord had commissioned 70 new disciples to go out preaching and healing in His Name and they returned to Him with great joy experiencing the power in His Name our Lord rejoiced in the Spirit that the Father had hidden from the so called wise and prudent religious rulers of Israel and revealed His Nature to those deemed outcast or insignificant in the society. Our Lord took them aside privately and told them how blessed they were to see and hear the things that they did because many of the men (the Prophets) of old had greatly desired to see and hear such things but they did not. I think of the Prophet Jeremiah who heard the Lord God speak and reveal Himself to him and he spoke with authority “Thus says the Lord God of Israel”, even weeping over the nation often as he did not witness the people being healed spiritually, or turn to listen and heed the Lord’s words, nor did he see them forsake their worship of false gods (this went on for 40 years) and for his obedience he was dropped in the bottom of a well and tied behind horses and drug through the city, yet he sat at the feet of the Lord God of Israel continually receiving His word and proclaiming everything the Lord gave to him.
When our Lord and the disciples entered into a village where the siblings of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary welcomed them into their home, He would use this seemingly innocent visit to point out to them (all the disciples and others in Martha’s home) the one thing He desires in His heart for each of them to do continually as well as for us today. It is so easy down here on the earth to get busy with the things of this temporal life and drawn away from our heartfelt love and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. The spiritual warfare with satan, with sin and temptation can often leave us weary and wanting to flee the battle for some earthly pleasure that offers much, but truly never satisfies. However, there is something that is noble, good, and even honors our Lord that can take up the place He wants to occupy continually in our hearts and minds.
Our Lord arrives at the home of these three siblings with many disciples not including the women who followed Him also. Now it is not clear whether they expected the Lord Jesus and the large number of disciples, but it is clear that Martha wanted to be a good hostess and serve everyone food and drink to satisfy them and make her house always welcome to the Lord. Our Lord Jesus never ever spent wasted time but was always teaching Heavenly or eternal lessons to all that would have ears to hear and receive. For the measure of one’s hearing and understanding would be the way the word they heard was measured or supplied back to them. Mary the other sibling probably was working alongside Martha serving and preparing the wine and food, but as soon as our Lord begin to teach, she left the serving and went immediately and sat at His feet to drink in His words into her heart and soul. Serving our Lord Jesus Christ is most definitely His will for His children but I believe His words to Martha in this encounter makes it plainly clear that not even service to Him is more important than our time of one on One with Him just drinking in His words into our hearts.
The Psalmist asked the question in Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man cleanse his way?” and then he answers the question in the second half of that same verse with these words, “By taking heed according to Your word.” It is the words of our Lord Jesus Christ that wash our sinful hearts from the pollution of the sins of the flesh and spirit and make us vessels useful to serve and worship Him as we ought. It is by our sitting at His feet continually drinking in His word into our hearts that we are purified and remain purified. Martha was wanting to do and do to show herself well before our Lord Jesus Christ but her desire to do everything just right caused her anxiety and worry and she missed out on being taught eternal truth at our Lord’s feet and loving Him and receiving His love which is the most important thing. Remember the greatest of all the commandments is to love the Lord with our entire being and nothing else we do, preach, teach, give, serve, go, sell, or anything else goes higher than to love Him. The one thing most above all He wants from us is our love to Him, our loving communion with Him, and our devotion to hearing and being changed by His words. This is why He saved us! (see the article entitled “This One Thing I Do”, http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=97492 ).
Psalms 25:4-5 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. NKJV
Psalms 27:4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. NKJV
Psalms 73:24-26 You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. NKJV
Psalms 119:111 Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, For they are the rejoicing of my heart. NKJV
Proverbs 8:34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors. NKJV
Colossians 3:1-3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. NKJV
“Watch the morning watch. Do not see the face of man until you have seen the face of God. Before you enter on the day with its temptations, look up into His face and hide His Word in your heart.” F. B. Meyer
“The amount of time we spend with Jesus - meditating on His Word and His majesty, seeking His face - establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom.” Charles Stanley
“Now what is food for the inner man? Not prayer, but the Word of God; and here again, not the simple reading of the Word of God, so that it only passes through our minds, just as water passes through a pipe, but considering what we read, pondering it over and applying it to our hearts.” George Mueller
“The greatest test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us. In man, humility is the one thing needed to allow God’s holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is lack of humility. The holiest will be the humblest.” Andrew Murray
“Give me a man who says this one thing I do, and not those fifty things I dabble in.” “One thing I have noticed in studying the Word of God, and that is, when a man is filled with the Spirit he deals largely with the Word of God, whereas the man who is filled with his own Ideas refers rarely to the Word of God. He gets along without it, and you seldom see it mentioned in his discourses.” “Now I am no prophet, nor the son of a prophet, but one thing I can predict; that every one of our new converts that goes to studying his Bible, and loves this book above every other book, is sure to hold out. The world will have no charm for him; he will get the world under his feet, because in this book he will find something better than the world can give him.” D. L. Moody
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…