Our Number One Priority
Luke 10:39-42 is a portion of the Word which describes how Mary was sitting at Jesus' feet, attentive to His words, while Martha was distracted by all the preparations which needed to be made. Jesus respondes to Martha gently, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what it better and it will not be taken away from her. "
It is a passage that makes us think about our priorities. The root word for priority = something that comes before everything else. What in our lives comes before everything else? What is Your priority? Is it your family? Your home? Your job? Your finances? Serving others? Being successful or well known? The things which distracted Martha were good things, making hospitable preparations for their guests, but by being too busy with too many 'good' things, she missed the most important thing. We too can be distracted with too many 'good things' in our lives, which end up keeping us from the 'best thing'. The 'best thing'; our top priority, is spending time with Jesus, praising Him, reading His Word, and hearing His voice. The most important thing a person can do is to be in the presence of the Lord and learn. For Mary to have sit at Jesus feet in that day was a break from custom, but her actions were proving that she wanted to be as near to Him as possible, so that she did not miss a single word that He said.
In Psalm 27:4 - David said 'One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek. that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and seek Him in His temple.
What things in our lives (even good things) keep us from getting as close to Him as we possibly can and hearing His voice? There is nothing more important in our lives than spending time in His presence and hearing what He would say to us.
(sermon notes~ from pastor John Lindell)
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