Choose What’s Good

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But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’”
Luke 8:41-42

I’d love to say I am like Mary. However, in truth, I have been a “Martha” most of my life. Like Martha, I tend to do too much of a good thing.

Was it good for Martha to welcome Jesus into her house and show him hospitality? Of course! But while Jesus was teaching inside her home, Martha did not sit at his feet and listen like her sister Mary did. Martha forsook that incredible opportunity to hear — in person! — the blessed words of the Son of God. Instead, she focused all her energy on preparing a meal. She chose physical bread over the Bread of Life!

With the fast pace of our electronic world, it’s easy to get caught up in the frantic busyness and the pressures of modern life. Even if everything we’re doing is something good, such as making a living, spending time with family and friends, or even being a worker in the church, if we’re not spending time at the feet of the Master, we have not chosen what is truly good.

Everything we see in this world is temporary. Only the spiritual things are eternal. Jesus himself said, Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away (Matthew 24:35).

A simple way to make the good choice daily is to spend time reading, studying, and meditating on the word of God. This quiet time will strengthen your relationship with God, and that is a very good thing!

Heavenly Father, help me daily to remember to step back from the distractions of this life. I want to spend time listening at your feet, like Mary, so I can make my relationship with you my top priority. In the name of Jesus, amen.

By Katy Huth Jones
Used by Permission

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