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Priorities

MEDITATION:

Written by Cynthia Heald, a contemporary Bible study teacher and author. This is an excerpt from her devotional study “The Faithful Way.”

Often when I speak at a conference, I share about Jesus visiting the home of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Martha was busy in the kitchen, preparing the meal, but Mary was sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to what he taught. Martha, distracted by her serving, went to Jesus and complained about Mary not helping her. “But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:41-42). What amazes me about Jesus’ reply is His declaration that “there is only one thing worth being concerned about.” I like it when I’m told there is only “one” thing to do; I like the bottom line. Here we have the Lord giving us an essential element of walking with him: sitting at His feet and listening to His Word. In His response to Martha, the Lord is declaring the need for right priorities. Our highest desire should be to seek first the Kingdom of God, so that we bear Christlike character and serve at his prompting and direction. That’s what we see as well in Jesus’ description of a branch staying connected to the vine. Maintaining a secure attachment to the Lord is of utmost spiritual importance. Abiding with Jesus (staying close to Him and following His lead) equips us to bear the fruit of the Spirit, the foundation of the faithful life. That’s why our devotional life is indispensable; it is the one choice we need to make each day. If walking with Him is not our main concern, then Jesus warns us that anything we do apart from Him will result in nothing—nothing of eternal value that will bring glory to God.

PRAYER:

Written by Burt Ghezzi, a contemporary author and speaker.

Lord, I want to learn how to live the divine life you have given me. Please sent the Holy Spirit to renew me and guide me in your ways. Amen.

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