One Thing Needful
What is it that you try to concentrate on to get closer to God?
Have you chosen one thing to focus on?
Does God’s word tell us what to focus on?
Yes!!Luke 10:42 (KJV) But one thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
What is that one thing needful?Luke 10:39 (KJV) And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.
If sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing his word is the one thing that is needful then it follows that we as Christians should be doing this. So what does that look like?
I don’t imagine that sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing his word will look exactly the same for every person or even for every person during their entire lifetime but we can glean some principles from these scriptures.
“Our sitting at Christ’s feet, when we hear his word, signifies a readiness to receive it, and a submission and entire resignation of ourselves to the guidance of it.“1
In some way we must hear his word.
I think that is the key principle that this verse is referring to. I believe this means the rhema word and not just the logos word. That means not only reading our Bibles or listening to a sermon or meditating on the word or being silent in His presence but doing those things until a word is quickened to our spirit. (A verse “jumps off the page” or a sentence really catches your attention and resonates with your spirit or you hear that still small voice inside you.)
It is helpful to compare what Mary did to what Martha did.Luke 10:40-41 (KJV) But Martha was cumbered [distracted] 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. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things…
Martha was distracted.
What is the cure for distraction?
One definition of focus is “to fix or settle on one thing“. Back to that “one thing” again!
So what ONE THING are you going to focus on in your Christian walk? Please share it in the comment section below.
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Notes: 1-Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary from: http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/matthew-henry-complete/luke/10.html
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