Hey hey hey!
This past weekend was really good (thank God for the little things). We had a team bonding event on Saturday and it was fun to go to the beach with my colleagues. At least, the food was great! (Though I wished we had gone to watch Blank Panther instead. Lol). Anyway, my Saturday was great because of how it started.
As I got up, I saw all the chores waiting for me and thought I’ll deal with them immediately. I often make to-do lists for my Saturdays so that I can keep tabs on what and what I have to do. This past Saturday, I had clothes to wash, clothes to fold, kitchen to clean, bathroom to clean…you get the point.
And to be honest, what I normally do on Saturdays when I have so much to do is do my quiet time along side my chores. So, I can play worship music or sing; listen to a message or even play the audio version of my YouVersion Bible app as I do stuff. But as I was about to start the first chore for the day; I was reminded (by the Holy Spirit, of course), that I had not had a quiet quiet time with God in a while.
In University, I often spent at least 3-4 hours of my Saturday mornings with God; soaking in His presence through the Word, worship, messages, books, etc. I haven’t done that in a while.
At first, I didn’t feel anything (believers shouldn’t live by feelings anyway), but I immediately remembered that I had read the story of Mary and Martha the night before. It spoke directly to my situation at that time.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10: 38-42
I read these few verses over and over and rested at the last sentences.
…but few things are NEEDED- or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.
I then realized that Jesus said Mary had chosen what was better and this meant that Martha had chosen what was good. There can be no better, without good. Martha’s chores were good distractions; she at least can’t leave the house upside down when the Master was around. But the Master implied that Mary had set her priorities right at that moment. Her chores could wait.
I also love the last words:
…and it will not be taken away from her.
Many things can be taken away from you; but not Jesus. The believers that have died because they refused to denounce Jesus understood what Jesus said here. They had chosen what was better, and not even death in the flesh could take it away from them.
I ended up leaving that place so much better than I came. Just this scripture was enough for me to chew on for that morning and I enjoyed seeing my chores wait as I waited at the Lord’s feet like Mary. Till now, I haven’t gotten to some chores; but nothing can take away from what I gained that Saturday morning.
Many of us are distracted; maybe not by chores, but by things that are also good. Good, however, is not always synonymous to God.
Jesus, in that verse, mentioned that few things are needed, or indeed only one. I honestly believe He was making reference to David’s words in Psalm 27 : 4
One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
Mary had also found her one thing.
This is not to diminish the work that Martha did; God has given some the heart of hospitality and service; but in following Christ; we must allow the Holy Spirit help us to set our priorities right.
As you go about your week; don’t get too distracted that you ignore the one thing that’s needed. Remember, this is the one thing that CANNOT be taken away from you.
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” (MSG)
Now while they were on their way, Jesus entered a village [called Bethany], and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching. But Martha was very busy (you can be busy, but not blessed- my words, please) and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.” But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.” (AMP)
“I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. But if you make yourselves at home with me and my words are at home in you, you can be sure that whatever you ask will be listened to and acted upon. This is how my Father shows who he is—when you produce grapes, when you mature as my disciples. (John 15: 5-8)
Love and light,
Side note: My church is having our corporate evangelism this Saturday; it’ll be great to see you! If you’re in Lagos, you should definitely come, especially if you’ve been shying away from Evangelism for a while. I’ll share details before Saturday.