Perhaps, the most astounding words Jesus ever spoke in the Scripture areÂ found in Luke 10:42. Martha, the sister of Mary and Lazarus, is busy as aÂ bee serving Jesus. Her sister Mary, however, is just sitting at Jesusâ€™ feetÂ and listening to His words. When Martha complains that Mary is not helpingÂ her with all that needs to be done, Jesus says to Martha, â€œMartha, Martha,Â you are worried and troubled about too many thingsâ€ (v.41). Then, ChristÂ commends Mary rather than chastens her for choosing to sit at His feet andÂ commune with Him. According to Jesus, Mary had chosen â€œthe one thingÂ needed.â€ Did you get that? The only thing we need in life is to live our livesÂ in communion with Christ!
All we need to do in this life is what Mary did, namely, live our lives inÂ communion with Christ. Everything else in life flows from this, including our service of Christ. Contrary to popular opinion, our relationship with ChristÂ does not result from our service of Christ, but our service of Christ resultsÂ from our relationship with Christ.
It is only those who stay at Jesusâ€™ feet who will know what service JesusÂ needs rendered. For instance, in John 12:1-9, we are told how MaryÂ anointed Jesus for His burial. Although Martha was still busy as a bee inÂ the service of Christ (v. 2), it was only her sister Mary who knew whatÂ Jesus really needed. How did Mary know? She knew because she hadÂ been at His feet. Only those who live at the Masterâ€™s feet will know how toÂ perform the ministry that most magnifies the Master!
All the advice you will ever need to live the rest of your Christian life isÂ found in the last recorded words in Scripture of another Mary. In John 2:5,Â Mary, the mother of Jesus, says to the servants at the wedding in Cana ofÂ Galilee, â€œWhatever He says, do it.â€ If you will spend the rest of yourÂ Christian life at the Saviorâ€™s feet and only get up to do what He tells you toÂ do, you will do all that you need to do.
Permit me to point out that Jesus also said that what Mary had chosenÂ would never be taken away from her (Luke 10:42). Think about it; the oneÂ thing in this life that can never be taken away from you is your relationshipÂ with Jesus Christ. Whereas you can lose everything else, you can neverÂ lose this. It will last forever! So just how important is it for you to focus inÂ this fleeting life on the one for sure and forever thing you possess?