October 15, 2020


As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42 NLT


We all make hundreds of choices every day. Most of our choices are not between the good and the bad; most are between two goods or a good and a great.

Here is the interesting thing—you can’t make two choices at once. Every time you choose one thought or action, you also choose not to think another thought or do another action.

When I think a good, positive thought, I can’t think of a bad thought at the same time—it is impossible. When I choose to do one thing, I am choosing not to do something else. This is how God wired our brain.

In our story today, Martha chose to serve people and do what seemed like a nice thing to do. Nothing wrong with being hospitable and having a serving heart. But her sister, Mary, chose an even better thing—she chose to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him.

Sometimes the good activities of our life really get in the way of the best activities. But we have a mind with a free will. We can choose to lay aside some of the good things to go after the best things. Spending time with Jesus will always mean I don’t spend time doing something else.


Lord Jesus, I want to spend time with You. I believe that You are the most important part of my life. Holy Spirit, please help me not to allow other things to steal my time with Jesus. I need my mind renewed in the presence of Jesus.

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