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Friday, March 1, 2024

The Most Important Thing

 The Most Important Thing

Luke 10: 38-42

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”


It takes a lot of people, a lot of planning, and a lot of work of all sorts for a church to function effectively.  A lot of committees meet, a lot of emails are sent and a lot of phone calls are made. Zoom meetings are held and discussions are conducted.  Boards meet and votes and minutes are recorded.


Martha thought it was more important for Mary to be in the kitchen than sitting at the feet of Jesus.   But the one thing that absolutely had to be done that day was to listen to the words of Christ.


When we are doing the work of the church, let’s not forget that we are hosting Jesus.  While the committees, and planning and votes, etc., are important and involve many talented people, let’s not forget the most important thing: to sit at the feet of Jesus, listen to Him speak, and take His words into our hearts.


May the love of Christ be with you,

Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)

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