Psalm 23 – Part 10
December 4, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 11
December 6, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 10
December 4, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 11
December 6, 2013

One Needful Thing

Fort Independence in Boston 2013

Fort Independence in Boston 2013

38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

This story about Martha and Mary illustrates an important point. (Probably many important points). Martha was doing. Jesus and probably several of his entourage with Him were in her house. She rushed about getting a lunch fixed and was getting upset about all the work involved.

Mary, on the other hand, just sat in front of Jesus listening to Him teach the Word. Martha went to Jesus and told Him to make Mary get to work helping fix the food. Jesus told Martha He wasn’t going to do that. Martha was all frustrated and in a turmoil. Mary was at peace. Mary was doing the one needful thing—listening to Jesus.

We live in an age where the religious people are telling us to do. You should be doing something and here is a list of the openings we have in our church. You need to be working for the Lord. I remember singing that song in church when I was young—“I’ll be somewhere workin’.”

Didn’t Martha know that Jesus fed 5,000 with a few loaves and fish? Mary was doing the needful thing. We must also make the Word of God, the needful thing. In our performance-based religious culture, we think doing is what pleases God. If you’re always doing, you will quickly run out of steam. Faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6), and Faith comes by hearing the Word. (Romans 10:17) I can see Jesus wanting to meet us for a chat, and He asks, “Where is he or she?” They are too busy doing.

Of course, we have a purpose and we will be called to do something, but the needful thing is sitting at the feet of Jesus and listening to Him speak.