One Thing is Need­ful!

The Covington News - - RELIGION -

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


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