WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL
OCTOBER 15, 2020
TOPIC: GIVE PRIORITY TO THE WORD OF GOD
BY T. O. BANSO
“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 New King James Version).
What is your attitude to the Word of God? Do you have time to study and listen attentively to the Word of God? Do you meditate upon the word of God and obey it? Or are you so busy with some religious activities that you have relegated the Word of God to the background in your life?
Other things are more important to some people than the Word of God. Such people are like Martha, who welcomed Jesus to her home but was busy in the kitchen trying to fix a meal to entertain Jesus. “Martha had a sister named Mary, who was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach” (Luke 10:39 New Century Version). The New King James Version says, “And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.”
Showing hospitality is good and proper. Romans 12:13b says believers should be given to hospitality. The Bible says we should not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels (Hebrews 13:2).
Nevertheless, there is a time for everything. There is a time to be in the kitchen and a time to sit down and hear the Word of God. The time for the Word of God should not be diverted to doing something else, no matter how important it seems to be.
Martha was distracted from her guest. She should have given priority to the Word that Jesus would speak or teach in her house. She didn’t get her priority right and didn’t understand the priority of Jesus! Cooking distracted her and worse still, she wanted Mary, who was hearing Jesus’ teaching, to be distracted too. In fact, she sought Jesus’ assistance to make Martha get up and join her in the kitchen! In other words, she wanted Jesus to stop His ministration!.
Luke 10:40 says, “But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me” (New King James Version). Martha believed Mary was wrong and she was right.
However, Jesus corrected Martha and said, “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” (verses 41-42 New King James Version). Mary chose the good part! She chose to listen to the Word of Jesus above everything else. She had the right priority.
You must not be like Martha, who was worried and troubled about many things and couldn’t sit at the feet of Jesus to listen to His Word. As I have said, cooking in the kitchen for Jesus was not bad, but Martha was doing the right thing at the wrong time.
In His ministry, Jesus wasn’t against showing hospitality or courtesy. For instance, He corrected Simon, a Pharisee, who had invited Him to his house to eat with him, for not showing proper courtesy to Him but instead, Simon condemned the immoral woman who had washed His feet with her tears, wiped them with the hair of her head, kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.
He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil” (Luke 7: 44-46 New King James Version).
Notice that it wasn’t Jesus that exposed the wrong priority of Martha; she exposed herself by asking Jesus to tell her sister to come to help her in the kitchen. “But Martha was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me’” (verse 40 New Living Translation). Jesus only seized the opportunity to show her the right priority.
Are you a Martha or a Mary? Some Christians go to church but are distracted by other activities, which may even be good when the Word is being taught or preached. Your attitude to the Word of God shows how much regard you have for God. God has magnified His word above all His name (Psalm 138:2).
The time for the Word of God, either the sermon or Bible study, should not be a time anyone should spend doing other things. Nobody should be distracted from the Word. The Word of God affects everything we do in the church or in our lives. Even with regard to prayer, we cannot really pray effectively if we are ignorant about the Word of God. Some people spend their invaluable time praying contrary to the Word of God and wonder why their prayers are not answered.
1 John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him” (New King James Version).
Give priority to the Word of God. Study it, listen to it, meditate upon it, confess it, and obey it. Jesus said man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4). It was a quote from Deuteronomy 8:3. Value the Word of God.
Some things you should know about the Word of God
1.The Word of God is true and is the truth (Psalm 119:160; Proverbs 30:5).
2. The Word of God is pure and purified seven times (Psalm 12:6).
3. The Word God is unchanging or unchangeable (Isaiah 40:8; Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19). It endures forever (1 Peter 1:25; Mark 13:31).
4. It is the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17-18). The word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:11-12).
5. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
6. The Word of God is effective; His Word does not return to Him void, but it shall accomplish what He pleases, and it shall prosper in the thing for which He sent it. (Isaiah 55:11).
7. The Word of God is spirit and life (John 6:63). Eternal life is in the Word of God (John 5:39).
8. The Word of God sanctifies or cleanses (Luke 17:17).
9. It makes one wise and brings salvation (2 Timothy 3:15; Psalm 119:100). It gives light and understanding (Psalm 119:130).
10. It is sweeter than honey (Psalm 119:103).
11. It revives and comforts in troubles (Psalm 119:50).
12. It gives great peace (Psalm 119:165).
13. It gives hope (Psalm 119:49).
14. The Word of God heals. Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction” (New King James Version).
15. The Word of God will guide you and keep you from sin (Psalms 119:105, 9, 11).
16. Meditation and Obedience to the Word of God brings success and blessing (Joshua 1:8; Luke 11:28).
These are just some of the things you should know about the Word of God. There are still more. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom (Colossians 3:16; Luke 11:28). The Bible says as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby (1 Peter 2:2).
Don’t be a hearer alone, deceiving yourself; be a doer of the Word (James 1:23). Obey His Word; treasure it more than your necessary food (Job 23:12). Avoid distractions. Choose the good part – the Word of God. Give priority to the Word of God.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, deliver me from being worried and troubled about many things. Help me to devote enough time to Your Word. I shall cultivate the right attitude to the Word of God. I shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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