What is your priority in life? Today we will see the greatest priority of Mary’s. She chose Jesus. When life becomes a burden, choose Jesus. When life collapses, choose Jesus. When all is well, choose Jesus. In every situation in life, whether good or bad, choose Jesus.
(George Everard, “The Home of Bethany” 1873)
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
“Only one thing is needed.” Not many things, but one. Not the provision for the table, the food that perishes–but the Bread of Life; for “man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”
Dear reader, one thing is needful for you . . .
the wedding garment to cover you,
the pearl of great price to enrich you,
the water of life to refresh you,
the balm of Gilead to heal you,
the Rock of Ages to shelter you,
the Everlasting arms to uphold you,
the wing of your Redeemer to cover you.
Yes, “one thing is needed;” in a word, Christ! His love, His presence, His grace, His image, His glory! With this, you are rich and happy through eternal ages!
And this was Mary’s portion. This was her rich inheritance. This was the good part which she had chosen, and which would never be taken from her. Her choice was without wavering or hesitation. She could say in truth, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed. I have one desire, one aim, one deep longing–to know You, to love You, to cleave to You more and more.”
What is your portion? Choose Jesus!
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001