One Thing is Necessary


“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” –Luke 10:38-42 


What we think is necessary isn’t always needful. We don’t always have to have a purpose, an agenda or to-do-list. Running from sun-up to sun-down is exhausting. When you aren’t running, most likely your mind is taking up the slack and you’re tired just thinking of all that has to be done.

Doing too much can deprive us from being in the Lord’s presence, a place of quiet rest. This is what Mary chose. As Martha was busy, fussing about unnecessary things, Mary had an attitude of worship. She was yearning for time with the Lord. She was sitting at His feet, allowing Him to pour into her. According to Jesus, Mary chose the good part.

There are times to act, like Martha did. Go, do and perform. There are also needful and necessary times to sit at the feet of Jesus to hear, absorb and receive the love He has for us. The more time we spend with Him, the more we’ll realize what the ONE necessary thing is:  Sit at His feet.


Lord, instill in me a heart of worship that I may yearn for your presence and choose to sit at your feet.

Your Turn:

What busyness in your life could be exchanged for sitting at the Lord’s feet?

What would spending more time in His presence do for you?