The Most Excellent Way From Luke Chapter Ten
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 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!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke Chapter Ten, Verses 38-42 (NIV)
One morning as I was preparing for my day, I was running behind. I generally try to work in some light housekeeping chores before leaving for work, in addition to my regular routine. As a part of that routine, I read at least one chapter in my Bible, before the busy-ness of the day takes over.
As I said, I was running behind so something had to wait or be lost altogether. As I went to make my bed (choosing to leave the Bible reading) this passage from Luke Chapter Ten came to my mind. It is a scene played out thousands of years in the past, but could just as easily be a scene from anyone’s day at any time. We are so busy, with work and chores and what “needs” to be done that we miss the best things like Martha in the Luke Chapter Ten story.
It reminds me of what Jesus said to Judas regarding the perfume that Mary anointed His feet with. When Judas objected, on the supposed grounds that the perfume could be sold and the money given to the poor, Jesus says to him, “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” (Luke Chapter Ten)
There will always be chores to do, over and over, with a little physical use, but absolutely no spiritual use. Remember to choose, at least some of the time (but more is better), the most excellent way. Make some time to sit at the feet of Jesus, like Mary in Luke Chapter Ten, even though now His is always with us, we still need to listen.
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