"Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her."
Luke 10:42 (TPT)
This is the story of two sisters, Mary and Martha. They were close friends of Jesus and hosted Him in their home on many occasions. But on this one occasion, they chose two very different actions, and the way that Jesus reacted to their choices is a very valuable lesson for us today.
The story unfolds as we see Martha rushing around, worried about all the things that needed to be done. While her sister, Mary sat down attentively before the Master, absorbing every word He shared. It’s pretty easy to imagine how that made Martha feel. Irritated, frustrated, and resentful. She was so upset that she interrupted Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t you think it’s unfair that my sister left me to do all the work by myself? You should tell her to get up and help me.” Martha was very surprised at Jesus response, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.” Here, Martha was doing everything in her power to get things done and Mary just sat there, doing nothing. And Jesus said what Mary was doing what was the most important and He wasn’t going to take that privilege from her.
It can be very easy for us to get wrapped up in all the things we need to do that we lose sight of what the most important things are. The highest priority in our lives needs to be Jesus. Mary understood who was in her midst and that she chose to seek the things that have eternal value. It was her love and devotion to Jesus that made everything else less important.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
Today, do we find ourselves so busy with life, doing things and trying to accomplish so much that we forget what is most important for our lives? Let’s refocus and put first things first. Let’s seek those things that have eternal value. Like Mary, let’s choose the most important - fellowship with the Master and with those who follow Him so we can grow in the knowledge of Him and discover His plan and purpose for our lives. (Pastor Pattie Eselu)
"Father today I declare that I will chose and commit to the most important thing, putting away all distractions and sitting at the feet of Jesus everyday!"
TODAY'S BIBLE READING
- Old Testament: 1 Chronicles 20-22; Psalms 133-134
- New Testament: Luke 9:18-27; Colossians 4:10-18