One Thing is Needful

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on August 3, 2008
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Luke 10:38-42 Was Jesus condemning service and work? What was the one thing needful that Mary was enjoying and Martha was missing?

The cares of this life can deceive us, even when they seem to be righteous and commendable. Nothing of a worldly nature could have been more proper than to provide for the Lord Jesus and supply his wants. She missed the main thing, which is the joy of fellowship.

John 15:1-11 Joy is to be the believer's normal state of mind. When sadness, depression, complacency, and hopelessness are the normal state of mind, we will seek for relief, usually by ungodly means such as excessive TV, eating, work, drinking, drugs, etc.

Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is my strength.

Philippians 4:4-9 When we are anxious, we are behaving like Martha and not Mary. We need to seek the one thing that is needful.

Philippians 4:10-13 Paul maintained joy regardless of his outward circumstances.

1 Thessalonians 5:16; 1 Peter 1:3-9

Luke 3:21; 5:16; 6:12; 9:18, 28 Fellowship and prayer are companions.

Luke 11:1-13 Persistence

Luke 18:1-14 Prayer is the manifestation of faith and humility.

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