One Thing is Needful
Luke 10: 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.”
In all our working for Christ we have lost sight of this one thing which is needed in our lives. We busy ourselves with seemingly spiritual activity, and we burden ourselves with the our self-imposed cares of the cross, and in it all we lose the purpose of our Christian Life. Why is man made one with Christ? Why are we made accepted unto the Lord? Why do we long for others to be in a relationship with him?
We make our good work the ends (for our glory) rather than the means to the end (for His glory). We tout our way of serving Christ as the true way. We exalt our doctrine as the only doctrine. And in all our exalting and all our touting and all our doing we have forgotten to bring others with us to sit at His feet and learn from Him. We have lost sight of the one thing that is needful in our lives.
We gained our inspiration from our initial contact with the Lord and then we set out to accomplish His will on our own. Then we look at those who sit in peace at the feet of Jesus and cry to Him, “Lord, don’t you care that all these other Christians have left me to work? Tell them to get up and work with me!”
Are there absolutes in the Christian life? Absolutely. Is there correct doctrine? Without a doubt. Are there works to be done? Unquestioningly. Yet, our motion must spring from our stillness at His feet. Our action must be a result of our resting in Him. Our doing must be a part of our waiting. Have you truly ever known the joy of the Savior’s wonderful rest? Can you remember the gentle peace that came from trusting Him to do His work in you? Can you recall the simplicity of just abiding in Him?
Are you troubled? Are you angry? Are you careful? Are you frazzled? Are you lonely? Are you burnt out? You have moved from the feet of the Savior. You have undertaken to accomplish on a physical or soulish realm a work that can only stem from a spiritual source. And what is the source? Blessed Savior, Source of Life, Jesus. Rest in Him and find eternal life now.
What is eternal life? Read John 17:1-3 for Jesus’ definition.