What is the most important position we can hold in life?
I know many people might have various responses to what appears to be a “loaded” question. But the question really is a valid one. As followers of Christ, the most important position is also the most privileged.
Most of us are very familiar with the Bible’s account of Martha and Mary. However, in our quest for “deeper revelation,” we may often miss some essential truths. The story is found in Luke 10:38-41. I will not quote the entire passage here, but simply cite a few powerful points.
Martha and Mary were sisters of Lazarus and apparently Jesus’ good friends as well. This is the same Lazarus whom Christ called from the tomb. As Jesus came to visit their home in Bethany, Martha welcomed and invited Him to come inside (v. 38). It is very evident that this woman had a strong gift of serving and hospitality. This is an important truth to keep in mind.
Mary was found sitting at the feet of Jesus where she “heard His word.” Let me also point out the following: this is the same Mary who anointed His feet and wiped them with her hair (John 11:2). Additionally, when Christ came to raise Lazarus from the dead, this same Mary fell at His feet as He was approaching. It appears that being at the Master’s feet was a posture Mary found to be natural and essential. In Luke’s account, Mary seemed to hang onto every word that Jesus spoke. She heard with understanding because she paid close attention.
On the other hand, Martha is distracted with the many cares and burdens of her work. She even grows resentful because her sister is not helping! She went so far as to request that the Lord speak to Mary and tell her to do something.
How does Jesus respond? He corrects Martha for allowing herself to get so caught up in her gift, so troubled with burdens, and so worried about things over which she had no control. How often do we become distracted? Burdened? Worried?
Jesus said this, “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part . . .”
When we fail to spend time at the Master’s feet, listen to His words, and give attention to His directions, we can become resentful. In reality, when we refuse to come to the Lord, we are saying, “Lord I’ve got this. I don’t really need You right now, but it’s good to know that You will still be there if and when I do.”
Let’s keep in mind, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” If we will draw near to God, He will draw near to us.
We can often open the door to confusion and every evil work by giving place to the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desire for other things. This includes “ministry” and things that appear good.
Jesus said “ONE THING” is needed and that “one thing” is spending time at the Master’s feet.
Grace & Peace,