RHAPSODY OF REALITIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL
MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER 2022
GIVE ATTENTION TO THE ONE THING NEEDFUL
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her (Luke 10:42).
There’re those who get so carried away with their work and other activities that they lose focus of what truly matters—the Word! They get so preoccupied in the many activities that they don’t have time to fellowship, study and meditate on the Word. That’s wrong!
The Word of God is your food for life. 1 Peter 1:23 says, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.”*_ You were born of the Word and can only be sustained by the Word. 1 Peter 2:2 says, _As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby.”
True and lasting success comes from conscious meditation on the Word of God “This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success” (Joshua 1:8 AMPC).
When the Lord Jesus counselled Martha in Luke 10, He was unequivocal in letting her know what to prioritize: the Word! He said, …Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).
No wonder the Spirit says to us in Colossians 3:16 AMPC, _“Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts.”
Give attention to the Word and fellowship with the Holy Spirit! Spend quality time in prayer, every day; you’ll experience such peace and prosperity—such blessings and glory in your life that you never thought possible. Hallelujah!
Dear Father, I’m blessed and transformed to hear and receive your Word today! Even now, your Word stirs faith in me, dispelling worry, doubt and fear; I’m built up by the Word of your grace, walking in my inheritance in Christ. Amen.
My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. 22 For they [are] life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
DAILY SCRIPTURE READING
1-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Colossians 3:1-4:1 & Isaiah 50-51
2-YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Hebrews 3:12-19 & Ezekiel 3
PRAYER OF SALVATION
We trust you have been blessed by this devotional. We invite you to make Jesus Christ the Lord of your life by praying thus:
“O Lord God, I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ, Son of the living God. I believe He died for me and God raised Him from the dead. I believe He’s alive today. I confess with my mouth that Jesus Christ is the Lord of my life from this day. Through Him and in His Name, I have eternal life; I’m born again. Thank you Lord, for saving my soul! I’m now a child of God. Hallelujah!”
Good Morning Saints, Its My Prayer that this "Devotion" be a blessing to you'll today.
O1. 02. 2023
St. Luke 10:42 says, "Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken from her."
Topic: The Good Part
Ladies and Gentlemen Most of us are familiar with the Mary and Martha account in the Gospel of Luke. Mary sat at Jesus' feet and listened to Jesus, while Martha was hurrying about, making sure everything was perfect. Martha approaches Jesus and says to the effect, "I'm so glad you are here, and I am working my tail off to make everything perfect.
Doesn't it bother you that my sister Mary just sits there listening to you, and lets me do all the work?"
Jesus gives a mild attitude readjustment to Martha, and tells her that Mary is right where He would have her be. Before we even go any further, let's draw a quick lesson here: Our faith is not of the highest order, if we are more focused on our practice than we are on the perfection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
My Brothers and Sisters- It is a hard statement for some of us. But let us never be so caught up in doing, doing, doing, that we take our eyes off Christ. "Mary has chosen the good part."
As we have started a new year, I thought it might be helpful to glance at the character of Mary. Mary's character was such, and may it be with us also, that she focused less on bodily cares than she did on spiritual cares.
My Brothers and Sisters- We have a responsibility to care for our bodies, but these bodies will not last. They will go the way of the Earth, but our souls live to eternity. The religion of "the soul in Christ" is of much greater importance than earthly vanities that so often steal our attention.
According to our text- Mary paid attention to the one thing needful, and we would be wise to do so also. As we leap into the New Year, permit me to ask you a question, "Have you chosen the good part?" Just a question.
Only you know the degree to which you strive and struggle after the passing gewgaws of this earth. Only you really know whether your affections are set on eternal things. There is a mix in all of us, to be sure, but where do your propensities lie? Where is your heart most set? Are you busy in the kitchen like Martha, or are you sitting at the Lord's feet? Have you chosen the good part?
There is a tendency in us all to be ever doing, but many have found in history, that the most productive hours of their days were those hours that were spent alone, in prayer, and communion with the Lord. We are prone to plunge head-first into works that will never come to any perfection, until they have first been bathed in the precious blood of Christ.
We must first come to Christ, before we carry out our worldly tasks. The Reformer Martin Luther once told a friend that "Tomorrow will be a very busy day." We would be prone to tell our friend that we needed to make sure we get a good night's rest. Luther told his friend that, in light of the hectic day ahead, he must rise even earlier to spend more time in prayer. May we all have such a passion for communion with the Lord during this New Year. Amen
Enjoy your day in the Lord.
Your in Christ
Bishop Dr. Godfrey A. Stubbs
Happy New Year!!!