Only One Thing is Needed | Lessons from Mary and Martha

“Only one thing is needed.”

These are the words Jesus told Martha after she had expressed her frustrations to Him.

Martha had opened her home to Jesus and his disciples as they arrived in the village of Bethany.

She was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.

It sounds to me like Martha was a list person.

There was probably a long checklist of things that needed accomplished yet, and she was in over her head. She felt like her sister Mary had left her to do all the work herself.

While Martha was worried and upset, Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, just listening.

Martha was so lost in the details that she lost sight of what was greater.

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 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗼𝗻𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗱. 𝗠𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲𝗻 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗻 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗵𝗲𝗿.”⁣

(𝗟𝘂𝗸𝗲‬ ‭𝟭𝟬:𝟯𝟴-𝟰𝟮‬ ‭𝗡𝗜𝗩‬‬)

We can become so busy serving Jesus that we forget to simply just be in His presence.

I am probably the most guilty person of this.

Being still is something that’s often hard for me. It feels foreign and it’s rare to not find me in the middle of some project or activity to keep me busy.

Serving God is so important, but so is spending time with Him and spending time in His Word.

A well cannot give water to others if it has become dry itself.

What’s on your list today? We’re all dealing with different situations, distractions and worries. Will you prioritize just sitting at the feet of Jesus?

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