Sunday Reflection: One Thing Is Necessary

To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.

You may be familiar with the story of Mary and Martha, the two sisters who eagerly welcomed Jesus into their home. Like many of us, Martha busied herself with tasks and preparations, ensuring that the Lord would be served well. Meanwhile Mary sat with Jesus and listened to Him. He eventually said to Martha, “You are worried and distracted by many things; but only one thing is necessary” (Luke 10:41-42).

None of Martha’s tasks were inherently bad, and Jesus didn’t say it was wrong to do them. He gently pointed out that Martha’s chores were distracting her from the best thing: Himself. In the same way, the Lord does not ask us to eliminate earthly tasks from our lives. In fact, many things we do day-to-day are important and admirable, just like Martha’s commitment to hospitality. But we must be able to discern what is good from what is best—and when we’ve allowed something else to take Jesus’ place on the throne. Remember, our relationship with Him is the most valuable thing we have.

Think about it
• Resetting the priorities of our heart is not a one-time thing. Ask the Holy Spirit what may be distracting you from Jesus.
• How do you feel knowing undivided attention honors God?

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