Only One Thing is Necessary

There are many things we are concerned about in life: food, clothing, housing, health, money to name a few. We pursue these things relentlessly and rightly so for without them life will be nigh impossible. But as important as these things are, they are all transient – they will pass away. So, why spend all our life pursuing things that have no lasting value and neglect the one thing that really matters.

King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, hit the nail on its head when he came to the conclusion that everything this world offers, be it work or pleasure, is meaningless. The only thing that really matters in the end is that which speaks to our eternal destiny: “Fear God and keep His commandments for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12: 13, NIV)

Developing our relationship with God is what really matters, for our eternal salvation is hinged on it. Jesus alluded to this in His conversation with Martha, who was busy being hospitable while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet absorbing every word that fell from His lips.

“Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part,” Martha said to Jesus.

Jesus replied: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part (that which is to her advantage), which will not be taken away from her. (Luke 10: 41-42, AMP)

This gives us reason to examine our priorities to see if we have removed God from our daily planner. And if we have, we should consider placing Him at the top of our list of daily priorities, for in the end, only one thing is necessary to secure for us a place in God’s everlasting kingdom, namely, establishing a right relationship with God. Without this, everything else is surbordinate and meaningless.

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