Going Deeper 7-19-19

‚ÄčThe Gospel reading for Pentecost 6...
Luke 10:38-42   Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.  She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying.  But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?  Tell her then to help me."  But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her."

What do you need more than anything else?

That is a very important question!  I would encourage you to think deeply about your answer.  If Jesus were to appear to you suddenly and offer you one gift, whatever it might be, what would you choose?

We live in a culture that has sought through brilliant marketing to convince us that we need more stuff.  Bigger and better houses.  Newer cars/trucks with all of the gadgets.  More clothes in our bulging closets.  More and better vacations.  More money in our accounts.  More income!  More, more, more!

But perhaps we have already learned that more stuff is not the key to a happier and more fulfilled life.  Perhaps what we might ask for is more love, more friends, healthier relationships.  Yes, maybe the gift we would ask of Jesus is healing in an important relationship.

Or maybe we have been struggling with addiction and want more than anything else to rise above it.  Or we have been battling with depression and would ask for deliverance.

I would suggest that what we need more than anything else, the one gift we might want to ask for from Jesus, is... Jesus.  The true key to a happier, healthier, more fulfilling and enjoyable life is to be filled more and more with the heart, mind, and Spirit of Jesus.  Like Mary in our gospel story, we would do well to choose "the better part," trusting Jesus when He says, "there is need of only one thing."  A restored relationship with God through Jesus is what we need more than anything else.  And it is a gift He offers us continually.

You may judge this a being a rather over-spiritualized claim.  I would encourage you to think again.

With You in Him,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."