What's your top priority?

While Martha was busy serving a meal, her sister Mary "sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word." The account continues: "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." This complaint drew a rebuke from Jesus. He commended Mary's wisdom for choosing that which was needful and good, and which he said "shall not be taken away from her." He cautioned Martha for being "careful and troubled about many things."

Martha was being kind in extending hospitality to travelers. But Jesus was emphasizing the importance of spiritual pursuits. He was inviting her to examine her priorities, contrasting being troubled about everyday concerns with having sufficient humility and spiritual understanding, which he considered to be essential.

September 1, 1997

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