Archive for May 21st, 2006

Just One Thing

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Please read Luke 10:38-42, out loud if possible.

As you read, consider these questions: What might God be saying to me in this passage? What jumps out at me? At the end of the reading, try to summarize your thoughts in a sentence or two before reading on.

My thoughts on this passage (Jenni Clarkson):

I remember the movie City Slickers, with the unlikely pairing of Billy Crystal and Jack Palance. Jack played the gruff old cowboy Curly. He shared the “meaning of life” with Billy Crystal’s character, and that was “just one thing.”

He held out his gloved hand with his index finger extended, “Just one thing.” “What is it?” Crystal’s character wanted to know. “That’s for you to figure out,” was the response. It’s been a long time since I saw that movie in the theatre, but it came to mind again when I read this scripture.

Martha welcomed Jesus and then was distracted by her many tasks. This summarizes Martha’s story and the story of many of us. We may have welcomed Jesus into our lives with the best of intentions, planning and meaning with all of our hearts to make time for him every day, but life happens. We have work, school, family, adorable pets that require our attention. We have floors to scrub and grass to mow. Yet the Savior waits.

I think Martha really believed she had the right idea. She wanted to serve Jesus, which certainly seems noble and honorable. Then she got rather peeved with her sister for not helping out. But Jesus said “there is need of only one thing.” Mary, it seems, had discovered the “one thing.” She “sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.” Sometimes I need to be reminded to do that. I may run off with many tasks, thinking that I just want to serve Jesus, when the better thing to do would be to listen to him.

Thought for the day:
Think about your “one thing.” Set aside your “many tasks” for a few minutes to simply listen to Jesus.

Today, let’s pray together for this brand-new Be Still and Know… resource. Pray for the writers, that they can communicate what God has for us. Pray for those who use Be Still, that they will draw closer to God.

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
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