Luke 10.42 observes, there is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.
Remember the movie City Slickers? The main subject was that there was just one thing that was really important. God too states that there is only one thing worth being concerned about. Seriously, if we believed that we should be dialed in like those around E.F. Hutton, because when he spoke, people listened!
While my quotes are revealing my age it is also true that God doesn’t make knowing Him or doing His will a mystery or complicated. Those who seek will find, are you looking for the one thing?
What is the one thing God says is most worthy? Him. Above all else, we should seek to be with Him. Not complicated, not difficult but it does require us to be intentional. The problem is Jesus is not attractive.
Despite the best efforts by the television preachers to market God as Santa Claus, Jesus just doesn’t grab our attention the way we think God should. We know what it means to be attracted to someone. We felt that way when we first laid eyes on our spouse. We were in love! All we wanted was their time and attention. However the ‘feeling’ of love quickly evaporates leaving only the decision to be committed or to move on to the next ‘feeling.’
Love grows deeper over time with increasing commitment. I must be with my spouse for my love to grow but I must also increase my demonstration of love through acts of service and commitment for it to grow. Time alone is insufficient to grow love. Love is action, not feeling, at least from the Bible’s perspective, which means it must be demonstrating itself for it to be taking place.
Mary loved Jesus so she spent time with Him in order to know Him better so that she could obey Him more. Martha focused on serving Jesus without knowing Jesus. This is what so many in the Church do. Serving Jesus without knowing Jesus leads to pride on one hand or despair on the other hand.
Jesus said we must be plugged into Him before we can be fruitful for Him. Working apart from knowing is meaningless no matter how good we think our works are.
The first thing, the most important thing, we need to do, is spend time with God to know Him.
This requires a concerted effort of our will. But, doing this, will result in our loving Him more and serving Him productively.