Choosing the Good Part
Daily Devotional for September 17th
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:40-42
Although your vocation and calling to God are extremely important, they cannot compare to the powerful change that takes place when you enter God’s presence. Some Christians have gotten so busy in their work for Jesus that they have become cumbered and troubled. Have you gotten so overwhelmed in your service to God that it has robbed you? Have you become weary in well doing?
There are two parts to living for God. The work that God has called you to do will be always be there, but the opportunities you have to be intensified and transformed in God’s presence are rare and should not be missed. Your vocation to God’s service cannot fuel your christian life; only God’s presence can. Your worship and exposure to the presence of God is what drives you into service. It was Isaiah who surrendered to God’s call once he became spellbound in the presence of Jesus. Isaiah 6
Not only was Martha bothered and troubled with her labor for Jesus, she felt as though Mary should leave Jesus’ presence in order to help her. Are we so troubled in our busy lives attempting to please God that we miss the wonder of God’s presence? There is a point in which you have to prioritize these two parts of a Christian life. Jesus was by no means saying to do the one and ignore the other, but that worship must come before service. Service for God is wonderful, but worship is the better part. There are those who have not yet seen the importance of worship.
Jesus taught Martha that learning at Jesus’ feet was the better choice and that He would not remove her or take away from her. Do you find it difficult or even awkward to worship in the presence of God? Do you view worship as unnecessary? Your service to God concentrates on your abilities, but your worship focuses on the beauty and wonder of Jesus. Don’t miss out on the opportunities of being in God’s presence.
The troubles and cares that come about from our work for God such as ministry defeats, disappointments, feelings of laboring in vain, working with little results, etc.; all of these things can bring us down, but being in the presence of Jesus can heal all. Worship can heal the wounds, give us rest from our labors, bring joy, etc. If you are troubled and cumbered about, then choose the good part and come into His presence with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise. You’ll see that it is indeed the better part that shall not be taken away from you.