David wrote in the psalms, "One thing
I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple" (Psalm 27:4, emphasis mine). He was saying that one thing that really excited him was spending time in the presence of God.
Mary knew this one thing, too, when Jesus came to visit her and her sister Martha in the little village of Bethany. She sat down at His feet, because she saw a tremendous opportunity to hear what He had to say.
Martha, a hardworking woman, wanted to impress the Lord with a fine meal. That is an understandable thing if you had a guest like Jesus. Can you imagine Jesus showing up at your house? You would want to make Him something nice. You wouldn't give Him a microwave dinner or reheated food from last night. You would want to prepare a special meal.
As Martha was working away, she undoubtedly kept looking for Mary. Where is Mary? I can't believe she is not in here
. Finally in frustration, she came out—probably with her hands on her hips—and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."
Jesus replied, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41–42).
Mary figured out one thing, and that was the importance of sitting at Jesus' feet. What is your "one thing"?