Only One Thing Is Needed – My Daily Bread!
Our call to savor the Lord first always is taken from Christ’s words to Martha, while visiting her home in Luke 10:41-42, NIV, where He said:
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her”.
One more Martha and some of us would be instantly transported back to our Brady Bunch days, where Ms. Brady was reprimanding sister Jan for constantly complaining about her sister Marcia. Her three Marcia’s went on to become the most famous line in the Brady Bunch series which aired back in the ‘70’s. I know I cannot be the only one who remembers this!
In Martha’s story the scene is as follows: “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!” (Luke 10:38-40, NIV) She was so upset that her Sister Mary was not helping her with the preparations related to Jesus’ visit (undoubtedly things of God) that she asked Jesus to intervene!
Jesus’ response quoted above spoke to her about priorities. He made a contrast between the many things that were necessary to do concerning him and the decision to make concerning time to worship Him. He did not say that there was anything wrong with what she was doing, but made it clear that they were not the things that were important at that time.
Jesus made it clear; there is s a time to listen to God and a time to work for him. That there should be a priority in how we go about even the things of God in our life! Worshiping God is the most important, the better thing, and the thing that is needed first in our lives! Our acts of service should flow from our worship of God, not the other way around.
Ask yourself: If Christ came back today, would He find me busy in lots of activities related to God, or would he find me worshiping him? To worship God is a conscious choice that we must make every day. What do your choices indicate about how important worshiping God first is in your life?
Be encouraged to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart”. (Heb 12:2-3, NIV)
Prayer: Lord, show me how to set my priorities around the worshiping and savoring of you, how to choose you first in all things; and through seeing you, may my sacrifices become a sweet fragrance unto you and honor you always. Amen.
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