Jesus said, “One thing is needful and Mary has chosen that good part.”
What was that “good part?” It was sitting at Jesus’ feet and hearing His word. What is it about this that makes it the “one thing?”
James Russell Lowell said, “Not failure, but low aim is crime.”
In life, low aim may be a crime, but for a Christian, it is sin. “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.”
Jesus makes the Christian’s goal simple: “Love the Lord with all.” This is a high goal! In fact, it is the highest. The beauty of this God-given goal is that it will enable us to fulfill our God-given purpose. It is not more labor, but more love that God desires. Not greater works, but heartfelt worship. It’s not about religion, it’s about relationship.
You see, if I love God, I will labor. If we worship, we will work. That’s why God gives us one thing that will complete all His purpose for us. That one “good thing” is focusing on my relationship to Him. There are other good things, but this is one that is needful.
When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, we choose that one, good, needful thing. Since we were created to love, we will only be fulfilled when we love the very one we were created to love. This one primary goal will effect God’s glory and our good. It will allow us to experience the “life more abundant.”
And Jesus came to restore us to that relationship with God. He was born, not just to show us the way, but to be the Way!