As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
We may not think about it every single day, but we sure appreciate the way God cares for our needs, don’t we? If you take the time to think about what it would be like to go days without food, water, clothing or shelter, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. We sure are blessed!
But you know what? Those so called “needs” aren’t really needs at all. At least not when you compare them to the “one thing needed” that Jesus mentions in the verses above.
Food can nourish our bodies—water can keep us hydrated—clothing and shelter can keep us protected and warm—but none of those things can cleanse us of our sin. None of those things can make us live forever. These so called “needs” only prolong the inevitable. No matter how much food we eat—no matter how much water we drink—no matter how expensive our clothes and shelters are—we are all sinners and we are all going to die.
The Word of God is the one thing needed because it’s the Word of God that tells us all we need to know about the serious nature of our sin and the incomprehensible love of our God. Through his Word our God speaks to us plain as day. He tells us that our sins make us worthy of eternal death in hell. And then he tells us that he’s taken care of those sins. He tells us that we no longer need to fear hell. He tells us we can instead look forward to a perfect existence with him in heaven that will never end!
Every day that we have food to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear and a roof over our heads, we know our God is providing for our “needs.” Make sure you don’t let those “needs” overshadow the one thing you truly need. Pull that Bible off the shelf and spend some time with your God! He knows you and I need his Word more than anything else. That’s why he gave it to us!
Thankful that our God takes care of ALL our needs,