Consider what this means. Does it simply mean you try to live a good life, attend church and Bible studies, volunteer to serve at church, say a prayer before meals, and distance yourself from evil things? Perhaps you are part of ministry leadership or you pastor a church. No matter where you are in life, know that religious activities are eternally void if they are not sourced out of a relationship with Jesus. As Jesus taught His “Sermon on the Mount”, He explained that many who think they will be in heaven will have a rude awakening because He never actually knew them (see Matt. 7:21-23). Imagine standing before Jesus one day expecting to stroll right into heaven and instead hearing, “depart from Me, I never knew you.” These people do many things in Jesus’ name, but they neglect the one needful thing. There is no private, one-on-one real relationship between them and Jesus. He commended Mary for choosing “that good part”, the “one thing (that) is needed” by simply sitting and listening to Him (see Luke 10:38-42).
Before my husband and I were married, I was in awe that another human being just wanted to be with me. Being the object of another’s complete love and affection is a near magical experience. Despite all I had done and my many imperfections, he loved me and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Even now, we are content to simply be with each other. This is a wonderful experience on a human level. And yet, God’s love and desire for me is infinitely more.
God longs to be the One we are closest to. Even if this is so, He seeks to continually bring us deeper. Jesus suffered innocently, but not simply to give us a ticket to Heaven. He gave His life so we could be with Him. When God becomes a man in order to die because He yearns to be together with you and me, how do we respond to that kind of love? Tragically, we often refuse Jesus the very thing He died for. We go on our way without spending time communing with Him alone in prayer and in His word.
Have we traded sweet and meaningful meditation on scripture for a 5-minute devotional (or nothing at all)? Do the words of the Bible connect for a mere moment, never to reach the depths of our being and affect real life? Has prayer become something less than a bold, yet humble approach to the mighty throne of God in raw worship, praise, thanksgiving, supplication, and intercession?
For many of us this has been the case all too often.
Jesus came to this world with purpose. He was set on fulfilling His objective – not passively, but with intention. Are we purposeful in pursuing Him? Satan will defraud us with anything that keeps us from Jesus. ANYTHING. Jesus made time for us, yet we neglect Him. He offers rest, but we are weary. He gives life, but our marriages, relationships, and work are dead. He gives hope, but we despair. He gives victory, but we are defeated. We are desperate and simply cannot afford to forsake sweet communion with our Savior.
Today, will you choose the one thing that is needed, that good part? Will you pursue the One who pursued you with all He had? Will you stop robbing Him of the relationship with you that He gave His life for? He is waiting for you with open arms and a longing heart. You are loved with an everlasting love.
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” 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.”
Luke 10:38-42 NKJV