Jesus in His handling of the situation in the home of Martha and Mary where the former was busy in the kitchen while the latter was seemingly laid back and soaking in His teachings, said ” but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her“. Luke 10:42
Was Mary complimented because she had
– the wisdom of opening her heart to divine love and receiving unearned grace amidst the most mundane of responsibilities?
– been revolutionary by ditching her expected gender role of “helping in the kitchen” and instead sitting and listening to Jesus, Mary has shown pluck and courage, and Jesus–the Lord!–backs her up.
– adopted living in the kingdom of God through the integration of prayer/study and service.”
What did Jesus mean? Let us review what scholars say:
Biblical Scholar Sarah Dylan Breuer stated
“The message, I think, is that we all may be and often are called to relinquish roles, identities, patterns of behavior that feel ‘tried and true’ or even immutable not only for the sake of growing in our own discipleship, but to invite others — even or especially others who may seem perfectly happy with a privileged role they’ve got — to become more fully who they are in Christ, and to live more fully into the ministry to which Christ calls them.”
Dr. William R. Long stated:
“Don’t wait until you have life “worked out” or until the kids are out of college or until you are financially secure enough to have enough money to live on until you are 93. Right now is a time to hear the Word of Jesus, to sit at his feet, to focus on the one thing that will transform our lives.”
Listen to this hymn: One Thing’s Needful by Johan H Schroder
One thing’s needful; Lord this treasure
Teach me highly to regard;
All else, though it first give pleasure,
Is a yoke that presses hard.
Beneath it the heart is still fretting and striving,
No true, lasting happiness ever deriving.
The gain of this one thing all loss can requite
And teach me in all things to find true delight.
Wilt thou find this one thing needful,
Turn from all created things
Unto Jesus and be heedful
Of the blessèd joy He brings.
For where God and man both in one are united,
With God’s perfect fullness the heart is delighted;
There, there is the worthiest lot and the best,
My one and my all and my joy and my rest.
How were Mary’s thoughts devoted,
Her eternal joy to find
As intent each word she noted,
At her Savior’s feet reclined!
How kindled her heart, how devout was its feeling,
While hearing the lessons that Christ was revealing!
For Jesus all earthly concerns she forgot,
And all was repaid in that one happy lot.
Thus my longings, heav’nward tending,
Jesus, rest alone on Thee.
Help me, thus on Thee depending;
Savior, come and dwell in me.
Although all the world should forsake and forget Thee,
In love I will follow Thee, ne’er will I quit Thee.
Lord Jesus, both spirit and life is Thy Word;
And is there a joy which Thou dost not afford?
Wisdom’s highest, noblest treasure,
Jesus, lies concealed in Thee;
Grant that this may still the measure
Of my will and actions be,
Humility there and simplicity reigning,
In paths of true wisdom my steps ever training.
Oh, if I of Christ have this knowledge divine,
The fullness of heavenly wisdom is mine.
Naught have I, O Christ, to offer
Naught but Thee, my highest Good.
Naught have I, O Lord, to proffer
But Thy crimson-colored blood.
Thy death on the cross hath death wholly defeated
And thereby my righteousness fully completed;
Salvation’s white raiments I there did obtain,
And in them in glory with Thee I shall reign.
Therefore Thou alone, my Savior,
Shalt be All in all to me;
Search my heart and my behavior,
Root out all hypocrisy.
Restrain me from wandering on pathways unholy
And through all life’s pilgrimage keep my heart lowly.
This one thing is needful, all others are vain;
I count all but loss that I Christ may obtain.
Faith Child may we be like David “One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.” Psalm 27:4
Be blessed Faith Child with Strolling Down Memory Lane’s
Sitting at the feet of Jesus