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The Good Part

July 15, 2018


The Good Part

We all relish  the good part of something,  whether it be the good part  of a book,  a meal,  a job,  or a trip.     What we consider the good part  is the part  that is most beneficial  and most enjoyable.     It will satisfy our desires.

Mary felt the same way  when Jesus came  to visit her house  in Luke 10:38-42.      The good part,  the most satisfying part  of having Jesus over was  to just sit  at His feet  and really listen  to Him.     Mary was oblivious  to everything else.     She just wanted  to listen  and learn — to soak in  all the wonders  of God’s ways  with His people.

Mary’s sister,  Martha,  truly loved Jesus,  too.     But,  she wanted  to show her love  with all the busyness  of preparing a meal  and being a good hostess.     Martha was sweating it out  in the kitchen  all by herself  and ever so worried  that things wouldn’t be  “just right”.      It takes a lot of effort  to be the perfect hostess  at a time like this — after all,  Jesus was  the most important guest.     In all her hard work,  Martha’s initial desire  to lovingly serve  turned into nothing  but an irritation  and a pity party  because she felt  not enough  was being done.

And,  in all her anxiety and busyness,  Martha was ignoring Jesus.      Here was Jesus,  right in her house,  and she was not listening  to a word He said.

We are often  like that.     We are so busy,  busy,  busy  taking care  of all the so-called necessary things  in life,  which are really nothing  but busy work.     And  in the process,  day after day  we ignore Jesus  and His desire  to visit  with us — after all,  we have  “important”  things  to do.     But,  the bottom line is  that nothing is more important  than learning  from Jesus.

And,  Jesus said so  when Martha came  to Him complaining  that Mary  was not helping her.     Jesus answered  in Luke 10:41-42,

Martha,  Martha,  you are worried  and bothered  about so many things;  but only a few things  are necessary,  really only one,  for Mary has chosen  the good part,  which shall not  be taken away  from her.

Have you chosen the  “good part”  today?     Go for the “good part”  and it will  “not be taken away”  from you.

As we quietly enjoy  and listen  to our Lord,  reading His word  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     My Lord,  Your love  and grace  for Your people  have been so true  and faithful  since the beginning  of time.     Let me abide  in Your love now  and forever.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12






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