The One Thing


If you’ve ever taken a time management course, you’ve learned that you must prioritize your tasks. For example, you can spend your time focusing on the seemingly urgent, yet unimportant tasks that have immediate deadlines, or you can step back and choose to focus on your most important priority, which may not have an immediate deadline. Your most important priority is often called “the one thing.” Two thousand years ago, Jesus taught about “the one thing” in Luke 10:38-42:

“While they were traveling, He [Jesus] entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don't You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.’

In the above story, Martha was concerned about many urgent, yet ultimately unimportant tasks. Jesus pointed out that Mary’s decision to simply focus on His teaching had lasting value. In the end, was it really so important to set the table perfectly, yet miss the point of the visit?

For Believers, our “one thing” should always be that which has eternal value. How often do we walk right past an opportunity to make an eternal difference in someone’s life, because we’re in a rush to do something that ultimately has no lasting value? This Holiday (Holy Day) Season, don’t get so caught up in urgent, yet unimportant tasks that you miss the Reason for the Season. Choose to focus on the one thing that has eternal value, and it will never be taken away from you.

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