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We are extremely blessed to have the written Word of God. We should value it because it is the Lord’s primary way of speaking to us.
Concerning the Scriptures, Paul writes, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness….” (2 Timothy 3:16, NASB). These extensive benefits of the Word of God make it a priceless treasure for us.
My observation as a pastor, however, is that too many people who call themselves a Christian lack enthusiasm in the Bible. That lack of enthusiasm can be observed by what they do while the preacher is preaching or the teacher is teaching from the Bible. It is also reflected in their personal Bible study habits.
In Luke’s record of the gospel, he writes about Jesus’ visit to the house of Martha (Luke 10:38). Her sister Mary was also present. What is noteworthy is how differently the two women responded to the words of Jesus during His visit.
While Mary “sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word” (verse 39, KJV), “Martha was cumbered about much serving” (verse 40).
Now, I don’t want to be critical of Martha. It was her house. It’s understandable that she would try to be a good host to the Lord. That’s why she was busy serving.
The KJV uses the word “cumbered” to describe Martha. It means to be drawn away or distracted. Perhaps she was trying to hear the Word as well but she was being distracted by serving.
When she complained to the Lord and requested that He tell her sister to come and help her, Jesus responded:
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (verses 41-42, NASB).
Wow! That is a profound statement–“only one thing is necessary.”
Think about it. When Jesus came to Martha’s house, it wasn’t because He was bored and had nothing to do. Whenever He speaks, what He has to say is always relevant. When He speaks, everything else pales in comparison to that. That’s what He was saying to Martha–at the time He was speaking, only one thing is necessary and that is to hear Him.
Of course, we don’t have Jesus in flesh and blood among as Mary and Martha did. But we have the next best thing. We have the written Word of God. It is “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword…” (Hebrews 4:12, NASB).
Too many believers are like Martha. They are worried and bothered about so many things. They are distracted by the busyness of their world. Jesus has something relevant to say to them through the written Word but they are too busy to listen.
Like Mary did, we must know how to get away from it all and “sit at the feet of Jesus” and daily hear His Word. Our commitment to doing that is a reflection of how much we value or how little we value the written Word of God.
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