The One Thing. The Better Part.

“One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.” Luke 10:42 msg.

Here Jesus was talking to Martha who was obviously feasting on her troubles and worries instead of worship.

But Mary was different. She knew she wouldn’t always have the ability to sit at his feet like this. She knew there would be other dinner parties that would soon demand her attention. She knew that the call on his life would take him away to somewhere she could never follow. All she had was now. She had to make the most of this moment.

In order to do that she had to come to the realisation that her service wouldn’t impress him. Her housekeeping skills wouldn’t make her anymore special to him. This may have been difficult to accept as she was probably very accomplished in the art of entertaining. But her Saviour did not need to be entertained. He just wanted to be worshiped. That was enough for him.

She had to risk being seen as lazy. She had face up to others’ questions and disapproving looks. She had to learn to sit still in the midst of chaos. It would have been easier to go with the flow. To fit in with the busy crowd in a house where everyone was serving. But she knew this moment was for her and she was going to be selfish. She found calm in the middle of the storm. The storm of busyness and expectation. Of worry and pressure. She found the good part, the main course.

So what was the one thing, the good part?

Jesus. She realised that he was all she needed. She didnt need the approval of the people around her. She didn’t need the comfort blanket of their acceptance. She found her ‘fit’ at his feet. She didn’t need to fit in with anyone else as she was at home in him.

The good part was her ability to just be when everyone around her was busy doing. It was her revelation that she had nothing to offer except herself but amazingly he didnt want anything else that was enough for him because in anything she lacked – he made up the shortfall.

She learnt that he was enough for her and that she was enough for him.


If Mary can do it then I can so I.

If she can surrender control then so can I.

If she can understand the one thing and choose the better part then so can I.

If she can learn that her worship and devotion is enough then so can I.

If she can ignore the pressure around her then so can I.

If she can make the most of her moment then so can I.

If she can sit at Jesus feet and hear his word then so can I.


How able are you to just sit there?


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