Luke 10:38-42 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. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 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. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
CAREFUL, adjective [See Care.] 1. Full of care; anxious; solicitous.
TROUBLED, participle passive trub’ld. Disturbed; agitated; afflicted; annoyed
I was reading here the other morning, and as I read the words that Jesus spoke to Martha, I saw myself in his diagnosis of Martha’s condition. Careful & Troubled! Why, that sounds just like me! I call it anxiety- He called it careful & troubled.
I may as well have been standing there complaining to Jesus myself, about Mary’s worship, because as I read his words, they pinpointed the very condition of my own soul.
How many times would I rather worry and fret about the issues of the day, than worship at the feet of the Savior. The one sure place where I can find relief from my anxiety, is at the feet of Jesus. But, so many times it is the last resort. We must not neglect to choose the good part.
Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 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. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
In choosing the good part, Mary was choosing to worship, she was focusing on the eternal, rather than (like Martha) the temporal. And, Jesus said, that good part would not be taken away from her.
Matthew 6:19-21 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Are you like Martha? Full of the cares of life? So busy (maybe even serving the Savior?) that you have neglected to sit at his feet? Are you worrying about getting done the things that legitimately need to get done? Are you busy so busy serving, that you have neglected to take the time to worship at the feet of the Master? Stop worrying and trust Him. Stop scheming and trust Him. Stop struggling and trust him. Stop striving and trust him. Trust and worship. Be still and know that he is God. Don’t neglect the good part!
Oh, that we would choose first the good part! For he will help us with the rest!
Philippians 4:6-8 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
1 Peter 5:6-7 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1. Is there a heart o’erbound by sorrow?
Is there a life weighed down by care?
Come to the cross, each burden bearing;
All your anxiety—leave it there.
All your anxiety, all your care,
Bring to the mercy seat, leave it there,
Never a burden He cannot bear,
Never a friend like Jesus!
2. No other friend so swift to help you,
No other friend so quick to hear,
No other place to leave your burden,
No other one to hear your prayer.
3. Come then at once; delay no longer!
Heed His entreaty kind and sweet,
You need not fear a disappointment;
You shall find peace at the mercy seat.
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