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Choosing the Good Part

by Maxie B. Boren

A context of Scripture that every Christian needs to read carefully is Luke 10:38-42. An incident in the life of Jesus is recorded there wherein a great lesson is taught. In this text, Jesus came to the house of Mary and Martha in the village of Bethany, on the eastward slope of the Mt. of Olives. These two sisters and their brother, Lazarus, were much loved by Jesus (John 11:5) and He would visit with them when passing through. Upon His entering their house, Martha evidently busied herself with "much serving" while Mary sat down and absorbed all Jesus had to say. Apparently frustrated, Martha approached Jesus and asked, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me" (Verse 40). Jesus replied, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her" (Verses 41-42).

O what a lesson for us! In the midst of a "fast-moving world," wherein are so many distractions and things clamoring for our attention, how desperately urgent it is that we choose "the good part" and take the time to listen to what Jesus and His inspired apostles have said to us!




"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18


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