“The Good Portion”

Posted: January 9, 2014 in Pastor Posts

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 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 10:38-42

Every day we choose how we will spend our time. A big portion of our day is usually filled up with things that are necessary (eating, sleeping, etc.), but there are also other portions of our day that we fill up with things we would all admit are not necessary or essential (watching television, scrolling through various social media sites, playing video games, shopping for unneeded clothes and “toys”, etc.) If you were to use the circle below to make a pie chart of your normal day what would it look like? How much of it would be filled with necessary things and how much of it would be filled with non-essentials?

Circle

As we choose how we will spend our time every day I think it’s important to understand what Jesus told Martha in Luke 10:38-42. In the story we see Martha distracted, anxious, and troubled as she tries to host Jesus and prepare a meal for Him and the other guests. And as she anxiously runs around trying to get everything ready she sees her sister, Mary, sitting over by Jesus, listening to Him teach. We know by Martha’s statement to Jesus in verse 40 that she is frustrated with her sister and she believes that she has made a better decision than Mary with how to spend that time. But look at how Jesus responds to her in verses 41-42,

“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.”

Obviously what Martha was doing wasn’t a bad thing but Jesus wanted her to understand that there is a better way she could be spending her time. There was something that she could be doing that is more necessary and more important. And that thing is spending time with Him.

I think many of us are too often like Martha. We are distracted by so many different things that we neglect the most important thing. We fill our days up with so many unnecessary things and we neglect the one thing Jesus says is most necessary; spending time with Him.

As you evaluate your pie chart above and the way you spend your time I challenge you to ask yourself, “What are some things I spend time doing everyday that are unnecessary and that I could exchange for the one thing that is truly necessary which is time with Jesus?”

Although Jesus is not here physically we can still sit and hear from Him by reading His Word. Through our intake of His Word we are able to grow in our knowledge and love for Him which leads to being changed and transformed into His image more and more (2 Cor. 3:18).

What will you do to make time everyday for what Jesus calls “the good portion”?

Written by Pastor Ben

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