“But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her’”
Luke 10:41-42 ESV
Have you ever felt anxious or troubled about things going on in your life? A strained friendship, a struggling marriage, expectations at home or work, the pressure of passing your classes, more bills than money, the responsibilities of being a parent, a wife, a husband, a brother, a sister, or friend. We can all be troubled and anxious about many things in this world, but Jesus in his endless mercy reminds us in this scripture, “…one thing is necessary”. Our endless list of cares in life is trumped by one thing!
In this scene, we see Martha is busily preparing a dinner meal for Jesus and his disciples. Mary, her sister, is sitting at the feet of Jesus. Martha is begrudged by Mary’s lack of help in the kitchen and tells Jesus, ‘\”Tell her to come and help me” (v.40). In our logic, we would think, ‘Yes Mary, get in there and help Martha’, but instead Jesus praises Mary for choosing the good portion. So, what is the good portion?
Jesus is the good portion, the one thing that trumps all, the one thing that’s necessary. Mary had the wisdom to sit at the feet of Jesus and be ministered to, while Martha was too consumed by her tasks to receive a revelation that the Lord was in her home.
Jesus tells a parable of a farmer scattering seed and he addresses the worries of life. “The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard the message, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries…and they never grow into maturity.” (Luke 8:14) If we allow the troubles of this world to consume us, we cancel out the word of God (choke it out) and it never produces the fruit it is intended to bring forth (grow into maturity).
Jesus echoes throughout the bible the same message, “And why worry about everyday life…Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?” (Matt. 6:25;27)
What are you anxious and troubled about today? Will you choose to sit at the feet of Jesus and allow him to give you everything you need? Will you trust him and surrender your cares to him by seeking him first?
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (Matt. 6:33).
Luke 10:38-42, Luke 8:4-15, Matthew 6:25-34
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for caring enough for me to call me to surrender my worries at your feet. I choose the good portion, the one thing that trumps all the cares of this life. I choose Jesus. Amen!