WEDNESDAY JANUARY 9, 2019
THEME: THE ESSENTIAL CHOICE
TEXT: LUKE 10:38-42
38. Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42. But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Martha was said to have opened her home in Bethany to Jesus Christ and His Disciples (Luke 10:38). Martha, a motherly and hospitable person, was concern about their welfare just as a loving pastor’s wife or Christian would do. She quickly set up arrangement to make food for 13 adults including Jesus. Certainly, she would need assistance. Mary, her younger sister, did not consider that, rather, she was mainly excited about meeting Jesus Christ and sat before the Lord.
Hence Martha fumed, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?’ But she got a piercing statement from the Lord, ‘Martha, Martha, You are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful, Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her’ (Luke 10:41-42). This same Mary took expensive ointment and anointed the feet of Jesus with it and used her hair to wipe His feet, an act of complete worship and total surrender (John 12:3-7).
Martha was not wrong at all in showing concern for their welfare. However, that was not a very essential choice as against being with the Lord to hear the Word of salvation which has eternal value. Like Martha, many of us are very religious. Many of our ushers in the Church are very worried about arranging people and ensuring order in the service. Some busy themselves in the counting of Church money; the Boys/Girls Brigades will be busy controlling cars; stewards and ministers are worried about their guest preacher. All these people do not have time to listen to the message or sermon that will save their soul. Martha showed evidence of a good person, but she did not give attention to the most needful thing for her life.
Can you pause for a while and ask if Jesus Christ has saved you? The kingdom of God and its righteousness should be our most essential desire and concern and we must seek that at any sacrifice. You will not regret it if you do so.
HYMN EMHB 90
1: OBJECT of my first desire,
Jesus, crucified for me;
All to happiness aspire,
Only to be found in Thee.
2: Thee to praise, and Thee to know,
Constitute our bliss below;
Thee to see, and Thee to love,
Constitute our bliss above.
3: Lord, it is not life to live,
If Thy presence Thou deny;
Lord, if Thou Thy presence give,
’Tis no longer death to die.
4: Source and giver of repose,
Singly from Thy smile it flows,
Peace and happiness are Thine;
Mine they are, if Thou art mine
5: Let me but Thyself possess
Total sum of happiness
Real bliss I then shall prove,
Heaven below and heaven above.
Matt. 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”
Out of many good services to render, let me always take the needful and the good portion, in Jesus Christ name. Amen.
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