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In Luke 10:38-42 (NASB), Jesus revealed the importance of putting God’s Word first in every choice we make and in everything that we do.

          Now as they were traveling along,
          He entered a certain village; and
          a woman named Martha welcomed
          Him into her home. And she had a
          sister called Mary, who moreover was
          listening to the Lord’s Word, seated at
          His feet.
          But Martha was distracted with all her
          preparations; and she came up to Him,
          and said, "Lord, do You not care that my
          sister has left me to do all the serving alone?
          Then tell her to help me."
          But the Lord answered and said to her,
          "Martha, Martha, you are so worried and
          bothered about so many things; but only a few
          things are necessary, really only one,
          for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall
          not be taken away from her."

Many people live like Martha, caught up in what seems to be the need of the moment and make choices that take them away from Jesus. They are usually disappointed and frustrated, not aware that they detoured from God’s plan for their lives by making wrong choices. Wise living involves learning to asses the value of choices and choosing those things that have lasting value.

Martha thought she had everything perfect, but she forgot one very important detail, the condition of her heart. She was resentful of Mary for not working and wanted everyone, including Jesus, to know it. Mary, on the other hand, was so hungry for Jesus’ Words, she could care less about what was on the stove. She had discovered the only thing that was necessary.

When we make the choice to put Jesus first in our lives, He will direct and guide us every step of the way. Even if we have missed a few steps, and gotten off track, Jesus is always ready to forgive us and put us on the right path.
That’s what Jesus did for Peter after His resurrection. Peter was discouraged and left the ministry. In John 21:3-7, the Bible tells us that he went back to his old fishing business. After fishing all night catching nothing, Jesus called out to him and said, "Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find a catch" (John 21:6).

Peter may have remembered another night that he had worked all night, caught nothing, and Jesus told him where to drop his net and showed him how to fish. The words spoken three years before must have been ringing in Peter’s ears, "Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men" (Luke 5:10 NASB)In Luke 10:38-42 (NASB), Jesus revealed the importance of putting God’s Word first in every choice we make and in everything that we do.

 Now as they were traveling along,
 He entered a certain village; and
 a woman named Martha welcomed
 Him into her home. And she had a
 sister called Mary, who moreover was
 listening to the Lord’s Word, seated at
 His feet.
 But Martha was distracted with all her
 preparations; and she came up to Him,
 and said, “Lord, do You not care that my
 sister has left me to do all the serving alone?
 Then tell her to help me.”
 But the Lord answered and said to her,
 “Martha, Martha, you are so worried and
 bothered about so many things; but only a few
 things are necessary, really only one,
 for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall
 not be taken away from her.”

Many people live like Martha, caught up in what seems to be the need of the moment and make choices that take them away from Jesus. They are usually disappointed and frustrated, not aware that they detoured from God’s plan for their lives by making wrong choices. Wise living involves learning to asses the value of choices and choosing those things that have lasting value.

Martha thought she had everything perfect, but she forgot one very important detail, the condition of her heart. She was resentful of Mary for not working and wanted everyone, including Jesus, to know it. Mary, on the other hand, was so hungry for Jesus’ Words, she could care less about what was on the stove. She had discovered the only thing that was necessary.

When we make the choice to put Jesus first in our lives, He will direct and guide us every step of the way. Even if we have missed a few steps, and gotten off track, Jesus is always ready to forgive us and put us on the right path.
That’s what Jesus did for Peter after His resurrection. Peter was discouraged and left the ministry. In John 21:3-7, the Bible tells us that he went back to his old fishing business. After fishing all night catching nothing, Jesus called out to him and said, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat, and you will find a catch” (John 21:6).

Peter may have remembered another night that he had worked all night, caught nothing, and Jesus told him where to drop his net and showed him how to fish. The words spoken three years before must have been ringing in Peter’s ears, “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men” (Luke 5:10 NASB)

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