Luke 10:38-42 – Mary hath chosen that good part

Luke 10:38-42
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.

-How’s your service to the Lord?  It’s a question we use to judge ourselves (and others, if we’re honest) on how strong our faith is.  Martha’s service was very good; she had invited the Lord into her home and like any good hostess, she set about with “much serving”.  But when she confronts Jesus about her sister Mary’s lack of service, notice the Lord’s reaction; He doesn’t validate Martha’s labor but instead points out the only thing that can truly define the strength of our faith- how close we get to Him.  It’s easy to be busy and stamp our labors as “holy work”, but it’s much more difficult to get really close to God and take the time to listen to His teachings and His direction for our lives.

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