Are you getting the “good portion”?

Luke 10:38-42 says:

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” (Emphasis added)

There are all sorts of reasons why we fail to “sit at the Lord’s feet” (pride, busyness, self-deceit, laziness, etc.), but perhaps it’s because we fail to believe that being with him truly is the “good portion.” Being with him is better than serving him.

Will you believe that in 2011?



  1. #1 by dalethackrah on December 28, 2010 - 11:46 am

    Thank you so much for posting this today. I needed to be reminded of this truth.

  2. #2 by Jeffery on December 28, 2010 - 12:47 pm

    Oswald Chambers in one of his January devotional blurbs asks this question, paraphrased: What’s the greatest obstacle to knowing Jesus? His answer: Serving Him, an answer that so reminds me of this passage of scripture. We tend to be “Martha” Christians focused on serving, when we must take time to be “Mary” Christians as well. Serving is not bad, and if fact is an evidence of grace, but like anything good, it can be a bad god.

  3. #3 by Luke Simmons on December 28, 2010 - 2:33 pm

    This is a truth that any follower of Christ needs to be continually re-drawn to. Jeffrey, thanks for the Chambers idea. Wish it weren’t so.

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