Jesus said to Martha who was busy “serving the Lord” -“One thing is needful and Mary has chosen that good part and it will not be taken away from her!” (Luke 10:42)
Many well-meaning believers are very dedicated people who are serving the Lord out of duty in the hope of receiving recognition from God and looking to find their identity through their service. We find a great example portrayed in Luke 10:38-42. Here we see Jesus received into Martha’s house and this was a big day because “Jesus was in the house!” But what we see in this picture is really no different than any person receiving someone famous into his or her home or ministry. Everything has to be just right to where it becomes stressful. Then, like Martha, we begin to become angry towards others who are not helping with the work. She was very dedicated to serve, but really had no close relationship with Jesus.
Most believers today are very content to live their Christian lives without diving all the way into the deep ocean of God’s love to experience the abundant life that He has for us all. Luke 10:39 - Mary sat at Jesus feet and heard His word 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving….
Whether it is in serving or simply someone who receives Christ, but never goes beyond the shallow water when it comes to relationship, all of us have a choice to enter into different levels and depths of relationship with people we encounter as we journey through this life. In the same way, we all have the choice to determine how deep we desire our relationship with our Father in heaven to go.
For many, it takes a huge crisis in their lives for them to reach the place where they get to the end of themselves and then see beyond their own achievements and abilities to the Lover of their souls – Jesus, who has been waiting patiently for them to“choose the good part, the one thing that is needful and won’t be taken away!” God will never force anyone to love Him. Yet when we are ready for His acceptance, love, peace, blessings and happiness, His overwhelming love is available. He will never take away our free will to “choose.”
The amazing attraction of any intimate love relationship is that it comes through mutual consent. Like a bride and groom who have made all things ready for their wedding day, the journey they have taken to this day should be based on love, respect and honor towards each other. They bring their dreams together to see where they meet and how they can merge into one incredible life together!
Grace is the doorway into majesty; an entry into magnificent love. Grace causes you to become a treasure chest of God’s goodness and kindness and is the vibrant enthusiasm of the Father’s heart towards us! God has already proven His love towards us. 1John 4:10 - In this act we see what real love is: “It is not our love for God, but His love for us, when He sent His Son to satisfy God’s anger against our sin.” TLB
The Bible reveals to us in Romans 5:10 - And since, when we were His enemies, we were brought back to God by the death of His Son, what blessings He must have for us now that we are His friends and He is living within us! TLB
What an amazing gift that God has given through His Son, revealing to the world how much He loves us. It is now our privilege to believe the good news of the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and then, by faith, enter into a loving relationship with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
Jesus longs to see us living in the glory of His grace, so enjoy the process of discovery as the Father’s amazing love is lavished on you through Jesus Christ! He empowers us to receive, even on our worst day. Provision for every area of life is tied to our identity in Him - see yourself as your Father in heaven sees you. He sees you righteous in Jesus. So, like Mary, let’s sit at Jesus’ feet and hear His words -”choose the good part”, the one needed thing that will not be taken from you!