Read: Luke 10:38-42

Mary and Martha were busy preparing for Jesus’ visit. When Jesus arrived, Mary turned her attention to the Lord. At the same time, Martha was involved in the preparations and she became disturbed that her sister was not helping her. We may think that Martha was right. After all, Mary needs to help her in preparation of food. But Jesus says, “…one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42). Jesus said that Mary had chosen the better part.

There are some lessons to be learnt from this incident. First, to have communion with Jesus, we may have to leave certain things undone. Jesus knew that the women were working hard, and how much Martha longed to finish the chores. But their greatest need, in Jesus’ eyes, was to spend time with Him. Those sisters should listen, learn, interact, and study from Him.

The second lesson is that when we sacrifice an activity for the cause of Christ, we may be misunderstood. Martha didn’t really understand her sister’s decision. If we fail to take time with the Lord, there may be unpleasant results. Martha’s distraction led to uneasiness and distress. Jesus told her to choose the better way, and that was to be with Him.

Having a habit of communing with God is vital to our spiritual health. Even in our busy daily lives, we should maintain awareness of Him and have fellowship with Him. Just like Mary did, try to choose the better way. If you have communion with Jesus regularly, it will sharpen your focus, help you see things clearly from God’s perspective, focus on what is most important, and help you distinguish what is good from what is truly the Lord’s best for you.

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