Only One Thing is Needful

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41 ESV

What if you woke up one morning to a Facebook inbox, a text message, an email, or a direct message on your twitter from Jesus that read: “Hey, I’m in town and I would love to see you and the family. I’ll be by later today.”?  How would that alter your day, or even your life? Oh I can imagine all of the planning, cooking, cleaning, decorating, and redecorating that would be going on. Everybody would call in from work, the kids would probably stay home from school, some of us would be on the phone inviting people over, and very quickly what began as a simple visit, would become the greatest, most elaborate dinner party of the year, and you know I’m right, lol! And I am not at all saying that any of that is wrong, because if the truth be told, I would make big plans myself.

What’s the point of my little “what-if” story? Well, it’s simply this. As women we often find that at times our lives can be one big “to-do list,” with one thing to do after another. And while a lot of the day to day responsibilities and obligations that we have are pertinent and deserve our attention, it is imperative that we are able to discern the difference between those things are important, and those things that are not deserving of our focus and energy. Sometimes our busy-ness has a way of shifting our priorities to a place of disorder and confusion, which siphons our time, drains our energy, and distorts our sense of what’s important.

It would be in our best interest to take our cue from Mary, and seek the “good portion” which comes from making time to sit at the feet of Jesus. Jesus Christ, our Prince of Peace, who has the words of life, and upon whom rests the Spirit of Wisdom, is always present, able and willing to sit with us and impart into our lives His wisdom and knowledge, and strength. David the psalmist said, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after…”, in the midst of all that was going on in his own life, David knew the importance of knowing what was truly needful, and seeking after it. We must learn to do the same because after all, only one thing is really needful.


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  • Wow.
  • I too was that "good" girl and based my righteousness on my actions. When I did commit one of those sins you listed (as if I wasn't already sinning with my pride in myself) I went into deep depression because I placed so much weight on being "good." When I realized (like you) that He is good and my righteousness (actions) are like filthy rags it gave me a new freedom. I was a slave to my misguided perceptions and my so called perfection. Christ offered me a freedom based on who He was and not what I did or did not do. He loved me in spite of me. That for me was freeing. Thank you for sharing this post. Now I see that I wasn't the only misguided'm sure there are many more of us. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
  • I am in tears after reading this! This spoke to me! I can relate! Just a while ago my selfishness rose her head and placed pressure on an old friend to be my superhero. God is the only superhero! He is near ready to comfort! Lord you have spoken! May God Bless this ministry!
  • This is a much needed topic in the church today. I dont know whats worse these church floks that fill your head with lies or that christian mingle commercial?
  • Very wise words, son. Hopefully, they are listening with spiritual ears and a heart to obey.