Sometimes It's Better To Receive

“But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42 

I would like for you to think about if Jesus were to come to your house. What would you do? Would you feel the need to serve Him. Or would you feel the need to sit down yourself and start drawing from Him.  

You remember in Luke 10:38, Jesus came into the home of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha immediately felt the need to serve and care for Him. Mary, however, saw beyond Jesus’ external weariness into His divinity. She saw Him as someone she needed to draw from. And we know that Jesus even commended her for choosing the good part.  

We really don’t think that way as humans. Some people would immediately say, “Well, Pastor Don, the bible says it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). When it comes to man, that is true. But when it comes to God, He wants to give. Actually, if you don’t learn how to receive from God, you will have nothing to give to man.  

Which sister allowed Jesus to be the giver and to be God to her? It was Mary. Like Martha, we usually reverse the roles. We somehow think God needs our service. But He actually wants to serve and fill us first. Look at it this way. Mary’s ears and heart were more precious to Jesus than Martha’s hands and feet.  

We’re supposed to use our ears and hearts to draw from Jesus. We use our hands and feet to serve Him, and there is certainly a place for that. But our sense and appreciation of God’s divine fullness is more precious to Him than all the service we can give to Him.  

And when you draw from Him, you cannot help but become a great giver and server to those whose path crosses yours each day. Remember, to be the minister to others in all good things, you first must spend the time necessary to receive from the Master. He has the Words of life that we need more than anything else.  

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