One Thing is Needful – Al Macias

Al Macias

Have you ever asked yourself, “where has all the time gone?” It seems to me, and I am sure to you also, that time seems to disappear, and we do not even know where it went. Time is a very rare commodity and, therefore, we should make the best possible use of it. In the book of Luke, we find the Lord Jesus was One who knew how to use His time in a most proficient way. Wherever He went, He tried to communicate with others the most important thing, the Word of God Himself. In Luke 10:38-40, we find Jesus at the house of Mary and Martha, the two sisters of Lazarus (whom Jesus had resurrected from the dead), and also very good friends of the Lord Jesus.

What happened here can teach us lessons on how to make better use of our time. In Luke 10:38-40, we read: “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. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 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.” Here are two very good friends of the Lord Jesus who received Him into their home, but they were concerned with two very different things. One was concerned with serving, the other with learning the Word of God. Martha was so concerned with serving that she was cumbered, she was anxious, even to the point that she asked the Lord to tell Mary to help her.

The Lord answered Martha by telling her that she was troubled about many things but yet there was one thing needful, and Mary had chosen it. How many hours do we spend during the week doing things that pertain only to our temporal lives, and yet spend so little time with the Word of God, which is beneficial not only in this life but in the life to come? Based on your daily habits of using your time, do you identify more with Martha or with Mary? Let us try to be more like Mary, for then we also will have chosen that which is better.

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