But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42
The New Year celebrations have passed. Another year ends and another year begins. All of the toasts and well wishes for good health, success and happiness have been made. The reality of life now returns to us. The nights are long and the days are often cold and gray. When all is said and done what will make a difference in our lives and the lives of those we know this year?
The story of Mary and Martha is well known to Bible readers. Both knew Jesus. Both were believers who trusted in Him and in the resurrection on the last day. Both met Jesus after their brother Lazarus died and said to Him, “Lord, if you had been there, my brother would not have died.” Both were witnesses when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead demonstrating great compassion.
Yet, each chose different ways to serve Jesus. Both welcomed Him into their home. Martha chose to be the perfect host, while Mary chose to sit and listen to the living Word. Martha was distracted with the mundane and business of life while Mary anointed Jesus with oil and wiped His feet with her hair. Martha’s work definitely needed to be accomplished, while what Mary did might be considered wasting time and extravagant.
Jesus said Mary made the better choice because she did what was needed and would not be taken away from her.
In our lives we recognize we sometimes behave like Martha and at other times more like Mary. Like Martha we complain when we see others not behaving according to our plan. We get distracted by the business of providing care to so many patients, making enough money and pleasing all around us. So how will we choose what to do day by day, month by month, year by year?
First, spend time reading the Bible daily and listen. The Word of God helps us to know him and to renew our minds in order to know what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).
Second, decide to do what has an eternal value and cannot be taken away from us concentrating on our needs instead of our wants. Therefore, lay up treasure in heaven and not on earth (Matthew 6:19). Because where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21).
It is your choice!
Read and meditate on John 11-12:8, Luke 10:38-42.