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Know God in a Year #160 The One Necessity

Lazarus is a man of strong faith and love. The first time Jesus meets him there is instant connection, and Jesus is welcomed to come to his house anytime.
Jesus often visits him in his home, shared with his sisters, Mary and Martha. Here he finds the tenderness and affection of a surrogate family where he can relax and speak openly–basking in the warmth of their love.
God’s incredible father-love for humans is Jesus’ favorite topic. And here he always finds attentive listeners–Mary will drop everything to sit and listen to him. It has, at times, gotten her into trouble with Martha.
One of those times, Jesus and his disciples have just walked from Jericho. Martha barely greets Jesus, she is so busy seeing to their comfort. But Mary sits down with him immediately, giving him her full attention.
Seeing them, Martha asks, “Lord, don’t you care that Mary has left me to do all the work? Tell her to help me.” She feels sure of his support–she knows she’s right.
Jesus smiles and gently answers, “My Martha, you are a great hostess; anxious about many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen that best thing, and I won’t take it from her.”
Imagine Mary’s delight, and Martha’s surprise.
But Martha doesn’t feel criticized, she knows he loves her. She understands his direction to the things that last forever–building a relationship with God.
Connection with Him comes before everything else we have to do. Jesus craved it. We all crave it, but we don’t all recognize it.  And according to Jesus, it’s the one necessity in life.

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