Choosing What Is Better

Choosing what is better requires sacrifice, dedication, and discipline.

“As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!”

 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

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In Luke 10: 38-42, a woman, named Martha, is preparing her home for Jesus’ visit. I can imagine she was cleaning, doing laundry, cooking, baking, and making sure her yard was pretty. If to-do lists existed, she might have even had one of those to keep her tasks on track. Many of us can relate to Martha. She knew what needed to be done, and wanted to be hospitable.

Mary, Martha’s sister, was the complete opposite. She wasn’t bothered by the dishes in the sink or the preparations for Jesus’ visit. Mary was only focused on spending quality time with her friend and Lord.

When the sister’s special guest (Jesus) arrived, Martha was tired of doing all the work by herself. She asked Jesus to tell Mary to come and help!

Jesus responded to Martha in a way that was powerful and convicting.

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

I’m sure Martha was shocked. She was the one preparing for Jesus, and He said Mary had chosen what was better.

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How are we doing with choosing what is better?
  • Choosing what is better looks like reading God’s Word in the mornings before we check our phones.
  • Choosing what is better looks like writing a sweet card for a friend or sending an encouraging message instead of taking a nap.
  • Making quality time with family a priority over personal hobbies is choosing what is better.
  • Giving of time, talents, and gifts each Sunday when it’s tempting to “let other’s do it” is choosing what is better.
  • Putting God first in actions rather than words is choosing what is better.

What does your “choosing what is better” look like?

The purpose of choosing what is better is to live for something today that will make a difference for eternity.

Life is such a special and exciting gift God has given us. Each second we’re alive, there’s a purpose for our lives. We weren’t made for ourselves, material possessions, or a significant other. We were made for God. We were made to know Him, love Him, and bring others to Him. Everything else He gives us in life is just extra.

I’ve been reminded that small daily compromises add up to huge downfalls. Our hearts have to be rooted in Christ daily. Our Daily Bread is our personal time with Jesus. The Bible mentions “Daily Bread” quite often. In Exodus 16:4, God said for the Israelites to gather their food only for the day they were living in. They weren’t allowed to “stock up” for the week ahead.

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.”

Are you up for a challenge?
  1. Instead of planning, let’s sit at The Planner’s feet
  2. Let’s put God first with our actions rather than just words
  3. Decide what choosing better looks like for you
  4. Strive to choose what is better every moment of your life
  5. Invest into spending time with God daily, and receiving your Daily Bread from Him
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