by: Scott Little
Luke 10 tells the story of Jesus’s visit to Mary & Martha’s house. You know the story – Mary is sitting at Jesus’s feet while Martha is doing all the work to prepare food for Jesus and the disciples. Naturally, Martha gets upset with her sister and complains to Jesus, but the Lord responds to Martha by saying “Martha, you’re anxious and upset about a lot of things, but there’s really only one thing needed. Your sister has chosen what’s best, and I won’t take it from her.” (My paraphrase of Luke 10:41-42).
What was the “one thing” Jesus was talking about? Being His disciple. Mary had taken the posture of a disciple by sitting at Jesus’s feet along with the other disciples (which was taboo in that culture, by the way), and Jesus pointed out to His friend Martha, gently I’m sure, that her sister had chosen the most necessary thing.
I thought of that Bible story this morning after reading a Facebook post by our own Becky Warren. I asked Becky if I could reprint it here as part of my blog post for this week. I think she sums up well both the Mary & Martha story and Hebrews 12:2, which encourages us to “fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”. Let Becky’s words encourage you this week…
A couple times this year I’ve seen people pose the question: ‘How do you want people to remember you once you’re gone’? Or, ‘what do you want your legacy to be’? I would always respond with something of the nature “Jesus is the only name to remember”. It took the pressure off.
After reading a scripture in Philippians, I dug deeper in that and decided that the pressure of doing so much to put a stamp on our worth that we forget the reason why we are here in the first place: to be in relationship with God.
Human achievements, no matter how impressive, cannot earn a person salvation and eternal life with God. God values the attitude of our heart above all else. One cannot judge a person’s spirituality by their fulfillment of duties or by their level of human activity. We should value our own relationship with Christ as more important than anything else. To know Christ should be our ultimate goal.
In Philippians 3:2-8, Paul discovers his pedigree and performance was “garbage” compared to knowing Christ. Only Jesus loves us as we are, rescues us, and gives us the power to become more like him. No earning required; no scorekeeping possible.
So...the pressure is off. The more time I spend in relationship with God, the more his light will authentically shine through me.
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