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One Thing is Needed

food.jpgMartha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. (Luke 10:41)

Were all Martha’s preparations wrong? After all, someone had to cook the meal. The Lord didn’t tell her to drop out of the kitchen, he addressed her attitude—overwhelmed by her tasks, she lost perspective.

I can picture Martha that morning before the guests arrived, having a PMS day and exasperated that Mary was daydreaming instead of helping. And I wonder what her initial reaction was when the Lord rebuked her in front of all her guests, regardless of his gentle tone. I think I would have felt stung that the Lord didn’t take my side and quickly retreated to the kitchen. Maybe I would have sulked for a while before “getting it.”

Her tasks were “preparations that had to be made.” (Luke 10:40) The Lord didn’t dispute that. Nor did He say, “Why don’t you skip the gourmet lemon tart you plan to make from scratch.” He gently reminded Martha that their relationship was all that mattered. In the midst of her work, Martha could still enjoy “the one thing needed.” After all, the Messiah, the Prince of Peace, sat in her very own living room. Wouldn’t this be enough to make you dance about with the dust broom and forget your troubles?

“Only one thing is needed…”

With the wonder of the Lord’s presence in her heart, how would Martha’s perspective on her busyness have changed?

How will yours and mine?

  1. To find the joy of the Lord in all I do and that I if I do it for him it will reflect in my attitude daily. Beautiful reminder that I often need as I face each day pondering my usefulness to anyone. Happy Valentine’s Day my friend. God Bless and ~hugs~

    Comment by Nancze — February 14, 2008 @ 9:20 pm

  2. Right in Martha’s home sat Jesus. Therefore, she had plenty of living water for the thirsty, and the bread of life for the hungry. Her meal preparations were not even neccessary. But her control freak attitude and anxious servant heart got in the way of realizing it. This is a conviction of my heart. Guilty as charged, but by His grace forgiven.

    Ruth, lovin’ your blogs dear one 😀
    (finally have my own computer…so you will be seeing more of me around here). 😀 Joy in the Lord!

    Comment by Shelley — February 17, 2008 @ 10:21 pm

  3. Awesome reminder…sadly my nickname used to be “Martha”when I would entrtain as a single gal in Sacramento…too busy in the kitchen to enjoy my guests I think…Sharon

    Comment by Sharon Goemaere — February 18, 2008 @ 7:11 am

  4. Great thoughts… I enjoyed how you brought out the point that it wasn’t so much the task itself that was the issue, but of Martha’s attitude of being overwhelmed. It’s also interesting how Jesus repsonded to his friend, correcting her in gentleness and reminding her in love about the importance of her relationship with him. Much to think about. Thank you.

    Comment by Susan — February 26, 2008 @ 10:27 pm

  5. I’m right there with you! I think I would have pouted a bit myself. But then, think about it…to have the opportunity to sit at the feet of our Lord! Wow! I hope He would have rebuked me a bit. Sometimes I need it!

    Comment by laura — February 28, 2008 @ 11:35 am