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Choosing the one necessary thing

November 3, 2009

"But one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion…"

--Luke 10:42

If you made a checklist of things that were necessary for your well-being, what would be on it? Naturally, you'd include things like food, water, air, and shelter.

But what about spending time with Jesus? Do you find daily fellowship with Christ Jesus essential? Well, I hope you do, because it is absolutely essential to your growth and effectiveness as a Christ-follower.

You and I can see this truth presented so vividly in the story of Mary and Martha's encounter with Jesus. You'll recall that Martha had invited Jesus to come to her home for a time of refreshment. Maybe a meal and time of fellowship.

And after Jesus arrived, Martha's sister, Mary chose to sit at Jesus' feet soaking up his words and his very presence while Martha became busy with preparations. When Martha asked Jesus to send Mary to help her, Jesus told her that Mary had discovered the one thing necessary, the truly essential thing: spending time with him.

You see, as a Christ-follower, spending time with Jesus isn't just a good thing to do, it is THE thing to do! To experience his presence every day of your life, you must seek him, spend time with him, and know his heart.

Will you choose this one necessary thing today? I pray that you will.


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