THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15
“One thing have I desired of the LORD,
…that I may dwell in the house of the LORD…”
ONE THING NEEDFUL
Giving our best to God is what is expected of us. Luke recorded this account of Mary and Martha to bring home the point of how we are to express our love for the Lord. Read Luke 10:27.
Martha was a busy servant of the Lord. She was concerned with the physical and material aspects. She did her best for the Lord Jesus. In fact, Jesus did not prevent her from doing all that was needful. Her way of loving God was based on things she could do for the Lord. There is a need for more Marthas in our churches today: those who possess a servant’s heart. As Calvin said, “we know that men were created for the express purpose of being employed in labor of various kinds, and that no sacrifice is more pleasing to God, than when every man applies diligently to his own calling, and endeavors to live in such a manner as to contribute to the general advantage.”
Mary, on the other hand, left everything to sit and listen at Jesus’ feet. She chose to love the Lord with all her heart by focusing on Him alone, with all her soul by leaving everything behind for Jesus’ sake, with all her strength by spending all her energy to hear the words of Jesus and with all her mind by attending unto Jesus. She was like the Psalmist who desired to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of his life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in His temple (Ps 27:4). Jesus commended Mary for she chose the good part.
We must do that which is needful, but there is no need to compare ourselves with others. Jesus rebuked Martha not because she was wrong in serving but for her anxious attitude. She also thought it was more needful to do outward service rather than to partake of Jesus’ spiritual provisions. In loving the Lord what is required is our faithfulness to His will, not our own heart’s desire.
THOUGHT: Am I labouring for as well as learning of the Lord?
PRAYER: Father, may I learn from Thee with all humility.