Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and
troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen
that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Success From Doing One Thing
Sometimes, the hardest thing for us to do is to sit down! Indeed, one
of the most challenging things we can do is to cease from our own
efforts and rest solely in Jesus’ unmerited favor. Often, we are like
Martha—worried, busy and troubled about many things. It can all be
legitimate things that we are worried about. In Martha’s case, she was
trying her best to serve the Lord. She ended up doing many things that
day, but missed out on doing the one thing that was actually needful.
Now, is it practical to just be occupied with Jesus? Absolutely. We
find that later, in the Gospel of John, Mary took a pound of very costly
oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with
her hair to prepare Him for His burial (John 12:3–. On resurrection
morning, some women came with ointment to anoint Jesus’ body, but it was
too late then. They were doing the right thing, but at the wrong time.
The Lord had already risen. But Mary had done the right thing at the
Beloved, when you do the one thing that is needful, you will end up
doing the right thing at the right time, and God will cause all that you
touch to be amazingly blessed!