What Does Luke 10:42 Mean?

but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

Luke 10:42(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The Lord Jesus reminds us that without Him, we can do nothing. Our dependence upon His person and His provision is what He is seeking from all His children, if we are to grow in grace and produce good fruit to His praise and glory. One of the biggest dangers in our spiritual walk is to render service to Him without receiving from Him the sufficient strength to carry out the task.

Mary of Bethany is found on three occasions simply sitting at the feet of the Lord Jesus, communing with her Saviour, listening to His Word, looking to Him, learning of Him, loving to be with Him, and pouring out her worship to Him. In so doing, her spirit was refreshed and her soul revived. Jesus told us all that one thing is necessary - and Mary chose the better part.

Work that we do for the Lord is good and important. Indeed, we are told that God has prepared good works for us to do, and we are also told that we will be rewarded on our works (or suffer loss) at the Bema Seat of Christ. However, work should not be the sole focus of our life, but our work and witness for Him must be balanced with meaningful worship.

Unless we sit at His feet and spend quality time communing with our Lord as a priority, our life will be fruitless, our work will become tedious, and our witness will be void of power. Work that we do for the Lord is good and profitable, but it must be combined with worshipping at His feet, looking to Jesus, listening to His Word, and seeking that deep and intimate communion with Him that Mary found as she sat at His feet and looked to her Saviour.

Let us never set out to work and witness unless we have first spent time sitting at His feet, worshipping Him.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, I desire to be faithful to all You command me to do. I pray that I would choose the better part and sit at Your feet, day by day, so that my spirit may be refreshed and my soul revived. I pray that as I am filled by You, I may be used as a vessel to pour out Your love to others, for Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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