27th August 2018

One Thing Is Needed 

“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 words. 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.’”
Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)

What was wrong with Martha’s hospitality? One could say nothing–it wasn’t so much her hospitality, but her priority. With the task of serving, she missed the greatest of importance of taking time to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen as Mary did. When we read the passage carefully, we find that Mary did spend some time assisting Martha, but Mary recognised that listening to what Jesus had to say was more important than preparing a physical meal. We could ask, did Jesus really need an elaborate meal? Jesus had something more important to say to Mary and Martha, but Martha was missing out. Jesus recognised this and said that Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her. Lessons we can learn from this incident, besides examining our priorities, include:

Never forgotten: The physical meal would soon be forgotten, but the words from Jesus lead to eternal life. As it says in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Jesus is Lord: When Martha came out of the kitchen, notice what she said: “Lord!” Martha acknowledged that Jesus is Lord. She asked Jesus if He didn’t care that Mary wasn’t helping. Then Martha gave Jesus an order “Tell my sister to help me in the kitchen.”

Sitting at the feet of Jesus: Mary loved to sit at Jesus’ feet (the place of humility). We find Mary at the feet of Jesus in John 11:32 and again in 12:3. Like Martha, we too can be so detracted, not only in the kitchen, but with all the modern day gadgets, work, our own pursuits and what ever else eats away at our time, that we have little time to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to what He want us to hear.

Prayer
Dear Lord, thank you for your wonderful words of life that Your Son, Jesus Christ, wants us to hear and obey. We pray for your blessing in Jesus’ name.
Amen

Study by Dennis Payne

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About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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