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πŸ‘‘ The One Essential Thing

The place of the Word in the life of the believer is settled once and for all in the inspired record of one of our Lord’s visits to the home of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42).

Commentaries on this passage generally point out that both Mary and Martha had their good points! This, of course, is true, but if we limit ourselves to this observation we rob the account of its intended lesson, for our Lord did not commend both sisters for their β€œgood points.” He reproved Martha and commended and defended Mary with regard to one particular matter.

What, exactly, was Mary commended for? How often she has been portrayed as an example to us to spend more time with the Lord in prayer! But this is missing the point of the passage. Mary was not praying; she β€œsat at Jesus’ feet, and HEARD HIS WORD.” She just sat there, drinking in all He had to say. This was β€œthe one essential thing” which Mary had β€œchosen” and which our Lord said was not to be β€œtaken away from her.” Thus, while prayer and testimony and good works all have their importance in the life of the believer, hearing God’s Word is β€œthe one essential thing” above all others. Indeed, let this β€œone thing” be given its rightful place and all the rest will follow naturally.

It is granted, of course, that we must study the Word prayerfully and with open heart, or it will have disastrous, rather than beneficial results, but this only goes to place still further emphasis upon the supreme importance of the Word of God, which we seek, by sincere and prayerful study, to understand and obey. source

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At this point in my life, my focus is on fellowship and my existing relationships with God, my children and with family.

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Derrick

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