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Christmas: The One Thing Needed

This Christmas, which of these women’s examples will we follow? I feel like our spirits wrestle with how to be more like Mary and less like Martha all year long. Christmas: the struggle can go into overdrive, as many go into a “Martha” splurge. Will we choose to listen to Jesus?John 14:15 reminds us that if we love Him, we will obey His commandments. Will we choose to just listen, and allow our celebrations of His birth to be more centered on Him than traditions of this world?

May we finally choose to keep Jesus and His Word at the center of our hearts and all we do this Christmas season (and always), while all those close to us choose to be defined by how busy they can become.

Can we do that? If not for ourselves, then to obey the Word of God. I am reminded of what Jesus is teaching Martha. While he lets Martha in on the truth, Mary is commended for doing the one thing that is indeed needed.Let’s go back to this text that we find in Luke 10.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way,
he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.

She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.
She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me
to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset
about many things,
but few things are needed—or indeed only one.
Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

(Luke 10:38-42)

Is our celebration of Christmas a time of stressing out? It wasn’t meant to be. Will we take His light burdens instead of keeping on our heavy ones? May we choose to let this passage be close to our hearts. This is perhaps the Christmas message, we may forget every year. Maybe, this time, our hearts will listen. Our celebration of Jesus’ birth, does not have to be defined by our busyness, but His goodness and love that knows no bounds.

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