That Which Is Needful

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. Martha was cumbered about (distracted with) 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. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful (anxious) and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Luke 10:39-42

We often go through life looking for solutions to make our life easier or for ways we can be more successful. There are always new books, speakers, podcasts and everything else under the sun to help us “win”. We work to be successful in this world but we often listen to the wrong people and take advice that is not of God. We try to apply worldly wisdom to a life that requires one Book, one voice and our full attention. We are often distracted by the cares of this world, the demands of our job, and the things that seek to pull us from God. When we are young we look to make money, and as we get older we seek to have security and stability in benefits. We get distracted with many things but we often forsake that which is important.

I was speaking with my wife recently about when I was let go from my job working at the church. I wish I would have known what God was doing in my life at the time, and how I longed to know the end of the story and where He was leading me. I had lost sight of what was important, and I thought I would be there forever. Instead, I was let go and in need of a job, and I sought the advice of people whom I thought would help me. These people were influential in many ways, and I thought I had the “connections” to get me to another job. I was desperate in many ways, but I was listening to the wrong people and not attentive to what God had for me.

We often sit at the feet of the people of this world instead of parking ourselves at the feet of our Creator. I should have sought God first and sat at His feet. I should not have been busy trying to solve my problems that I was unable to resolve. There is no better place to be in this world than at the feet of Jesus. There is no advice or solution to any problem that you will face that cannot be found at His feet. We get busy about those things that are not really important when we step back and look at them, but as He told Martha, “one thing is needful…”

What are you facing today? Have you tried to do things in your own power or are you seeking to hear what God has to say? Are you trying to get a leg up in this world by listening to the latest and greatest gurus, or are you buried in your Bible searching for the One who has all the answers? There is no other answer outside of God, and we can make ourselves busy with the cares and advice of this world, or we can dedicate our lives to diligently hearing and obeying what He has to say. I have too often sat at the wrong feet, and I have far too often been busy about the wrong things. What will you decide today? Will you sit at His feet? Will you attentively listen to Him? Will you turn your eyes upon Jesus? May we pursue Him and may we never leave the feet of our Lord and Savior.

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