Saturday, January 10, 2009
Choosing what is better
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “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.” Luke 10:41-42
Choosing what is better. That is the lesson here. It’s not that Martha was doing anything wrong, it was that it it wasn’t the best thing at that time. Jesus didn’t rebuke her, or discount what she was doing. All He said was that Mary chose the better thing to do. See what Jesus did was he stripped it down to what was most important. He took it down to what was the bare minimum, sitting there and fellowship with Jesus. To be fair, maybe it was Martha’s love language to be of service, or maybe she was really trying to please God through what she was doing and by doing so she asked help from Mary. It’s not like Jesus was stopping Martha, all he said was that ONE thing is needed.
You know this verse makes me pause and think. In my life as I try to walk, am I missing the one thing that is needed. The one thing that if I do will not be take from me. Are the choices that I make “better”? I love it how sometimes the Bible just screams at you and gets your attention. Am I doing what is better? Choices. God boils it down to choices. I feel as if up to now, my choices could have been better. Maybe, like Martha, I got caught up in the whirlwind of the moment, and I lost focus of that one thing that is needed. Now back to the crossroads, back to the drawing board, but this time I would like to follow the example of Mary, and choose what is better.
Lord, your love is great. Help me choose what is better, help me see what is truly important. Thank you for your patience.