Luke 10:41, 42 - One Thing is Needed.

Luke 10:41, 42 - One Thing is Needed.

Luke 10:41, 42 (NKJV) And Jesus answered and said to her, 
"Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But 
one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will 
not be taken away from her." 

Luke 10:41, 42 (ESV) But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, 
you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is 
necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away 
from her." 


The Good Samaritan story (Luke 10:25-37) illustrates love for 
neighbor. The Mary and Martha story (Luke 10:38-42) illustrates love for 
God. [Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

Surely the message of the story is clear. Our relationship with 
Jesus - our desire to spend time with Jesus and listen to His Word - 
is to take priority even over loving service... Unless we give 
relationship priority, the loving service we now provide may well deteriorate 
into the sterile religion of the priest and Levite of the Good 
Samaritan story. [Victor Bible Background Commentary] 


Jesus cut through the "many things" pressing in on Martha and 
focused on one thing.... helping her see what was truly important and of 
eternal value.... Seeking to be with Jesus and listening to him was of the 
highest priority. [New Bible Companion] 

One thing is needful." This one thing, according to this 
passage, is faith in Christ Jesus, the sitting down at the Master's feet, 
the drinking in His Word. Charles Spurgeon [Spirit Filled Life 
Devotional SB] 

There is one thing, above all else, that is necessary: to spend 
time exclusively with Jesus and to listen to his words with 
undistracted attention. [Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown Commentary] 

Sitting at Christ's feet, signifies readiness to receive his 
word, and submission to the guidance of it. [Matthew Henry 

Mary and Martha both loved Jesus. On this occasion they were 
both serving him. But Martha thought Mary's style of serving was 
inferior to hers. She didn't realize that in her desire to serve, she was 
actually neglecting her guest. Are you so busy doing things 'for' Jesus 
that you're not spending any time 'with' him? [Life Application SB] 

Martha's choice would be taken from her, for her services would 
die with her. Mary's would never be taken inasmuch as hers were 
spiritual and eternal. [Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown Commentary] 

God created us to enjoy a deep and intimate relationship with 
Himself, and while works of service are important, they must never 
eclipse the fellowship He wants to experience with each of us. [Life 
Principles SB By Charles Stanley re Luke 10:42] 

Every believer should have what is commonly called daily 
devotions, a time set aside every day when he gets alone with God and sits 
at God's feet to seek His Word. [Preacher's Outline & Sermon 

   It's a familiar story with a familiar message. Jesus is 
visiting the home of some friends, and Martha is busy preparing a big 
dinner for the honored guest and others who have gathered. Mary, as a 
cohost, is expected to help with all the preparations; that's normal in 
this culture. But Mary departs from normalcy and sits at the feet of 
Jesus, listening to Him teach. Martha is offended by the unfairness, 
but Jesus commends Mary for forsaking busyness and investing her 
time in what's most important.  
   God wants us to fulfill our responsibilities, of course, but 
only with the right perspective. What would He say of our fast-paced 
times? "I see people striving for so many things - to fulfill their 
responsibilities to their families, to earn an income - but often doing these 
good things in a way that shows a motivation for status, comfort, 
pride, protecting themselves in the future, impressing people, or even 
simply greed. They envision a dream and then spend themselves on 
reaching it, but they never really do. They pursue 'needs' that aren't 
needs. All the while, they neglect Me, the one who could give them 
status, security, promises for fulfillment, comfort, and so much more in 
a moment's time. They have real, deep-down desires but are trying 
to fulfill them in misguided and inefficient ways. If they invested 
more time in Me and less time in their strategies, I would give them 
better results, both internally and externally!" 
   We know this is true. We tell ourselves often that we need to 
slow down and prioritize the Lord's Presence. Still, we keep running 
the rat race, spinning our wheels, chasing the wind, or whatever 
other metaphor describes our condition so well. We have to stop. 
Literally. Sitting and listening is more important than anything else we 
can do.  
   Lord, forgive my busyness. Whatever it costs, help me not to 
skip my time with You. [The One Year Experiencing God's Presence 
Devotional by Chris Tiegreen] 


   American culture is plagued by hyperactivity without 
productivity. We think being busy equals importance or a frantic pace is a 
path to success. Like a pack mule loaded down with an overabundance 
of supplies, we pack our calendar to the breaking point. We play 
mind games with ourselves that busyness is what's best for our 
family, when in fact the real outcomes are: relational emptiness, health 
challenges and irritable emotions. We even justify being over active for 
   Perhaps a wiser start to each new day is a stop doing list. 
As Jesus instructed Martha, we need to take an inventory of our 
activities and ask what is really needed. What has served its purpose for a 
season, but is now unnecessary, even an obstacle to what's best? Let go 
of emotional attachments and embrace some margin for meaningful 
relationships. Is it time to stop a sports program, a long commute or a tired 
volunteer role? Become better with contemplation and strategic 
   "When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross 
to the other side of the lake" (Matthew 18:18).  
   It takes courage to take the route trafficked infrequently, 
but the ride is less stressful and more enjoyable. Avoid going where 
everyone else is going; nowhere fast. A fast track is too fast when it 
starves our faith. We find ourselves with very little left over time for 
prayer, Bible study, worship and community. Give what's important first 
priority on the calendar. Worry works itself out of a job when we work 
out our bodies, feed our minds, heal our emotions and rest our 
   By faith stop doing something each week or month that has 
passed its prime time. Be patient not to rush and fill a gap in your 
calendar already crowded with appointments. Blocks of discretionary time 
give you availability for spontaneous service. Take a step back from 
the myopic view of trees bunched together, so you can see the 
imaginative forest of faith. Anyone can be busy, some can be productive, but 
few walk by faith and watch God do more. Stop doing good to do 
   Heavenly Father, give me the faith to let go of the good, so 
I can enjoy Your best. [Wisdom Hunters Devotional] 


My dear one, You spend tremendous energy on trying to be a good 
Christian.  But self-effort will never produce the completed saint.  
Instead, spend that same amount of time and effort just sitting at my 
feet.  Read my Word.  Listen to my voice.  Absorb my truth.  Let the 
lifeblood of my gospel begin to flow through your veins, and you will 
begin to be remade.  A person will most surely become like those with 
whom he or she keeps company.  Trust me.  I am faithful, and I will 
never ask of you what I am not willing to perform in your life. I will 
do it! Your God [Postcards from Heaven by Claire Cloninger re 

   Let the dew of My presence refresh your mind and heart. So 
many, many things vie for your attention in this complex world of 
instant communication. The world has changed enormously since I first 
gave the command to be still, and know that I am God. However, this 
timeless truth is essential for the well-being of your soul. As dew 
refreshes grass and flowers during the stillness of the night, so My 
Presence revitalizes you as you sit quietly with Me.  
   A refreshed, revitalized mind is able to sort out what is 
important and what is not. In its natural condition, your mind easily gets 
stuck on trivial matters. Like the spinning wheels of a car trapped in 
mud, the cogs of your brain spin impotently when you focus on a 
trivial thing. As soon as you start communicating with Me about the 
matter, your thoughts gain traction, and you can move on to more 
important things. Communicate with Me continually, and I will put My 
thoughts into your mind. (Psalm 46:10; Luke 10:39-42; 1 Corinthians 14:33 
NKJV) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Come away with Me for a while. The world, with its nonstop 
demands, can be put on hold. Most people put Me on hold, rationalizing 
that someday they will find time to focus on Me. But the longer 
people push Me into the background of their lives, the harder it is for 
them to find Me.  
   You live among people who glorify busyness; they have made 
time a tyrant that controls their lives. Even those who know Me as 
Savior tend to march to the tempo of the world. They have bought into 
the illusion that more is always better: more meetings, more 
programs, more activity.  
   I have called you to follow Me on a solitary path, making 
time alone with Me your highest priority, and deepest Joy. It is a 
pathway largely unappreciated and often despised. However, you have 
chosen the better thing, which will never be taken away from you. 
Moreover, as you walk close to Me, I can bless others through you. 
(SOS2:13; Luke 10:42) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

Relax in My healing presence. As you spend time with Me, your 
thoughts tend to jump ahead to today's plans and problems. Bring your 
mind back to Me for refreshment and renewal. Let the Light of My 
Presence soak into you, as you focus your thoughts on Me. Thus I equip 
you to face whatever the day brings. This sacrifice of time pleases 
Me and strengthens you. Do not skimp on our time together. Resist 
the clamor of tasks waiting to be done. You have chosen what is 
better, and it will not be taken away from you. (Psa. 105:4; Luke 
10:39-42) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Problems are part of life. They are inescapable: woven into 
the very fabric of this fallen world. You tend to go into 
problem-solving mode all too readily, acting as if you have the capacity to fix 
everything. This is a habitual response, so automatic that it bypasses your 
conscious thinking. Not only does this habit frustrate you, it also 
distances you from Me.  
   Do not let fixing things be your top priority. You are ever 
so limited in your capacity to correct all that is wrong in the 
world around you. Don't weigh yourself down with responsibilities that 
are not your own. Instead, make your relationship with Me your 
primary concern. Talk with Me about whatever is on your mind, seeking My 
perspective on the situation. Rather than trying to fix everything that 
comes to your attention, ask Me to show you what is truly important. 
Remember that you are en route to heaven, and let your problems fade in 
the Light of eternity. (Psa. 32:8; Luke 10:41, 42; Phi. 3:20, 21) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


Martha allowed service to override communion, and so presented 
one duty stained with the blood of another. Charles H. Spurgeon 

How many of us are "Martha" today?  We hurry and scurry, doing 
all the needed errands and tasks, and miss or neglect the most 
important thing in our life:  deepening our relationship with Jesus 
Christ!  Are you a "Martha"? [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom] 

Choose "the one thing that is needful," namely food for the soul 
rather than food for the stomach. [Pocket Prayers by Robert Savage]  

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