In Luke, chapter 10, we can read the story of Mary and Martha. When Jesus came to their home to visit, Martha prepared a meal while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet to listen to His words. Jesus said that Mary had chosen the better thing.
Our daughter, Susan, told me recently about her insight as she was dusting her furniture. She lamented a marred spot on a shelf and wished that it had not been there. Suddenly, she recalled how it had occurred. When her daughters were very little, Susan and Tom gave them a small aquarium with fish. It sat on the shelf and one fish splashed water out of the bowl. Susan smiled and remembered how much the girls had enjoyed those first pets. The stain left on the shelf now became a precious memory.
I have heard it said that often we “love things and use people when we should love people and use things”. What a commentary on our society today. How often have I been more concerned about putting miles and wear and tear on my car when I should be eager to transport people who need a ride? Or, wanting to buy a new dress or shoes when I could better use the money for God’s work? Sometimes, I have been reluctant to loan a possession that is needed by a friend. Where would we be if God had been reluctant to sacrifice His own Son in order that we might have eternal life?
God’s love is unconditional…without strings. When we love as He loved, we won’t put “ifs” on our love. How often have I said to my husband or my children: “If you love me, you will…….”? Or, I might say, “I will love you if you do this for me”. I don’t think that is really love. Mary loved Jesus so much that she wanted to be where He was; she wanted to be in His presence.
In John 14:15, Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I commanded”. And, Jesus commanded that we love one another. No ifs, ands, or buts. No matter how much we love our possessions, we need to love people more completely and deeply. Choose the better thing….LOVE!
Isaac Watts wrote this beautiful song:
Alas! And did my Saviour bleed? And did my Sovreign die?
Would He devote that sacred head For such a worm as I?
Refrain: He loves me; He loves me, this I know.
He gave himself to die for me Because He loves me so!