And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Lk 10:41-42 NKJ)
Chores and cares occupy much of our lifetime. Sometimes, we begin to wonder if time cannot be stretched a bit more longer as the day was stretched for Joshua. As night draws in and another day comes to an end, we wish we could have done a bit much more, especially a bit much more for our Lord. But, what does our Lord say? “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
He cares more for us to be at His feet and learn from Him than to think that we must be out somewhere doing things for Him. Does it mean that we need to be doing nothing? Of course not. But, it certainly means that we need to learn to sit and learn at His feet even when we are doing something.
Our worth doesn’t come from our working for Him. Our worth comes from our being with Him. Satisfaction in life does not come from incessant working or acting. Satisfaction comes from our relationship with Him, when He reigns as the Master in our heart and gets all our reverential attention. Jesus made this clear to the Ephesians:
“I know your works, your labor, your patience…and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (Rev 2:2-4 NKJ)
The saddest part of a Christian’s walk will be when he gets so busy working for God that he fails to understand he has actually really stopped serving Him; that he has actually grown distant from Him. In order to serve the Master, one must be sensitive to His voice, to His call, to His command. But, how can one hear when the mind is worried and troubled about many things?
May our hearts learn to rest in His presence and be attentive to His voice even in the midst of the most intensive and perspiring labor; that we don’t find worth in work, but find worth in worshiping the Lord and Master of all things!