One Thing is Needful!
Mary and Martha wanted everything to be just right for their guest. Not only was he their friend, he was Jesus. He was important. You can imagine the hurrying and scurrying and worrying that was going on as they found out he was coming over.
But as soon as he walked in, the preparation and panic were gone from Mary’s mind, as she just wanted to listen to him, to get to know him better.
So Martha was left with all the work. Now, don’t get me wrong, it is good to want to give your absolute best to Jesus, and that is what Martha wanted to do. But, just for a moment, she forgot why she was doing what she was doing, and the work became all about the work, instead of the reason for the work.
Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever found yourself feeling overworked and overwhelmed and underappreciated? Have you ever gotten so busy that you lost sight of the purpose you were doing what you were doing in the first place? “ Martha, Martha,” Jesus says to you, “ you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needful!”
You see, without this one thing needful we will forget why we do what we do. This one thing needful is the only thing that gives us peace, the only thing that prepares us, the only thing that empowers us — and we find this one thing needful right there with Mary at the feet of our Savior — listening to his word.
Yes, you need God’s word. I know that we humans, with all our machismo and such, like to feel like we can take care of it ourselves. I’m sure you’ve learned at one time or another ( or else you soon will) that that just is not true. We need this one thing needful, because without it, we’ll just keep spinning our wheels, striving and working and yearning without ever really feeling fulfilled.
You see, this one thing needful gives peace because here, at Jesus’ feet, we see what has been done for us. Here, at Jesus’ feet, we hear him describe his substitution for us, we hear him crying out in our pain, we hear him take the blame for our getting caught up in the unimportant, and we see him pay for it. Here at Jesus’ feet, we see that, “ God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them” ( 2 Corinthians 5: 19). Here we are reminded again, “ How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God, and that is what we are” ( 1 John 3: 1). That gives peace.
This one thing needful prepares us too. Think about how this day at Jesus’ feet strengthened Mary and Martha’s faith so that a few months later, when their brother Lazarus died ( John 11), the ladies didn’t fall apart, but Martha could say, “ I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who was to come into the world,” when Jesus called himself the Resurrection and the Life.
Where did that strength and faith come from? They were ready for that struggle because they had earlier remembered the one thing needful and spent time at Jesus’ feet. They were prepared. And then if you look up Mark 14, you’ll see that this time at Jesus’ feet empowered them to do some pretty impressive things too.
Do you want to be empowered to do amazing things for God? Do you want to be prepared to handle whatever life can throw at you? Do you want to have peace? Then spend some time at Jesus’ feet. Join us for worship this Sunday at 10: 30 at Total Childcare Experience. Sign up for our new Bible Information Class, and find this one thing needful. Pastor Jonathan Scharf
Abiding Grace Lutheran Church
Our Hope of Heaven
Jesus was nearing the end of his earthly life before his crucifixion. His disciples were troubled as to what was happening. Jesus spoke words of help, comfort, and encouragement to them when he said:
“ Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there you may be also” ( John 14: 1- 4, KJV).
Notice the following truths about this Scripture:
Jesus spoke of heaven being real and guaranteed. No one is more credible to speak to us about the reality of heaven than Jesus who came down from heaven. He said, “ in My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.” That means what Jesus says is reliable, credible, and guaranteed.
Jesus spoke of the preparation of heaven. He said, “ I go to prepare a place for you.” If God created the world and everything in it in six days and rested on the seventh, what must heaven be like that he has been preparing for thousands of years? And to think, he is preparing a place in heaven for you.
Jesus spoke of the way to heaven. He said, “ I will come again and receive you unto Myself.”
He will come to take us to the place He has prepared for us. And he is, “ the way, the truth, and the life” ( John 14: 6).
Jesus spoke of the reward of heaven. He said, “ that where I am, there you may be also.”
Jesus came to us, that one day, we may go to be with Him for all eternity. He created us for himself, and he wants us to spend eternity with him.
He loves you so much that he was willing to die for your sins on the cross. If you will confess and turn away from your sins and place faith in his finished work on the cross and through the resurrection, you will be saved ( Romans 10: 9- 10).
Don’t miss heaven. It is forever, and it is going to be out of this world. See you there. The Rev. Wayne Rutherford LifePointe Church of the