Just One Thing!
We worry about many things. We worry about our future, work, family, finances, sickness, friends, food, clothing and many other things. Whether we like or not we keep worrying knowingly and unknowingly. Some people tend to get tensed a lot over small things while others may not worry about that particular issue at all where as they may worry more on something else much more than the first person where for the first person it may not be a problem at all! Thus the nature of worrying lies so complicated that we cannot really figure out what really causes worry since different people worry about different things. When things keep happening altogether and you cannot handle out you outburst in stress!
One such incident is found in the 10 the chapter of the Gospel of Luke in the Bible.
‘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.”’ (Luke 10:38-42 NIV)
Here as we see Jesus was passing through the village of Bethany, where a lady named Martha invited Jesus to her house. Jesus accepted the invitation and went to her house and the crowd followed. Martha was worried about the preparations that needed to be done to make the stay of Jesus comfortable and was very tensed and did a lot of things. It turned out not a usual day for Martha for things were not happening as Martha wished. She might have prepared several dishes to serve Jesus, but may not have turned good as she usually do and many other things had to be done as there is a big crowd with Jesus in her house. Martha was really worried.
Meanwhile, Martha had a sister named Mary, she was also present there at that time, but instead of helping her sister Martha, she was listening to the sermon of Jesus. As time went by Martha became more and more stressed as it turned out Jesus going to close the sermon soon and things were not ready! She definitely distracted Mary her sister to help her, but she turned out not to be helpful as she kept listening to the sermon of Jesus!
Martha became more and more worried and at last she burst out, interrupting Jesus and his sermon by asking Jesus to tell her sister Mary to help her. But to Martha’s surprise, instead of Jesus asking Mary to help her sister in preparations, Jesus who knew Martha and her worries told Martha, you are worried and upset on a lot of things. But none of the things you are worried are required. Not even a single thing except one that is to sit and listen to his sermon as her sister Mary did!
What are you talking about? Sit there and listen to Jesus? Then who’s going to prepare the food and things for Jesus, his disciples and the crowd gathered there? Has Jesus gone out of His mind?
But don’t forget Jesus knows everything and nothing’s impossible to Him. Jesus once blessed 5 breads and 2 fishes and fed 5000 men and 12 baskets of leftovers were collected where as in another instance He blessed 7 breads and several small fishes and fed 4000 people and brought seven baskets of leftovers! The same Jesus is in Martha’s house and surely He is capable to help Martha! Jesus can make the little of what Martha made in her house to feed the entire crowd gathered at her house and gather leftovers! Therefore, what actually Martha was worrying was pointless! All her worries and tensions were in vain, but her sister Mary decided not to be worried as Martha, but to listen to the living words of Jesus!
Isn’t it the same in our life? We worry about many things and do a lot to cover up the worries inviting a lot of new troubles! We run tired and weary and ends up nowhere and helpless! But Jesus is saying the same He told Martha – “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.” Will you choose to take the one thing as her sister Mary did to surrender yourself completely and quietly listen and obey the voice your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? He may ask you things which don’t bring any logic to you like He did at the wedding of Cana- for He asked the servants to fill water in those 6 jars kept outside and when they obeyed He asked the servants to serve it to the ‘Master of Banquet’ and when he tasted he was astonished and asked why did you keep the good wine till the end, for the water turned into wine! – But if you obey His words you will see miracles in life!
Therefore, let’s put all our worries on Jesus. Let’s not drive tension on things. The same Jesus who helped at the wedding of Cana, who helped the worried Martha and many others is right beside you. Give him the control of your life. Let him drive your life. Worries and problems will happen, like the waves in the sea, but He get you out of those waves of troubles and reach you safe on the other shore!
Will you Trust Jesus and give your life to Him today?
‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’ (1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV)
‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
‘“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ (Matthew 6:25-34 NIV)