The Bible describes our Christian life as a race to the finish.
We shift into competition mode when we accept Jesus into our life. We focus on one thing, and one thing only: the prize of salvation and heaven as our eternal home.
On a racetrack, with cars tearing around corners and down long stretches, speed is important, but the path we choose is vital to achieving a top place on the winner’s podium. There’s an optimal line for our wheels to follow. The shortest distance around curves and corners isn’t always the best way. We can maintain higher speeds and brake less if we pick the right line.
Luke 10:41-42 tells of Mary picking the right line.
“But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.’ ”
Mary and Martha were sisters, and they hosted Jesus at their home. Martha saw A to B, the dishes to prepare, and the tableware to put out. Hosting Jesus was a practical matter to her, a straight shot to getting it done. His comfort and well-being were paramount to her connection with the Master.
Mary ignored what she could see, what distracted her from her goal. She headed for the finish line, for a more intimate connection with the future savior of all mankind. Mary chose the line of worship at the feet of Jesus.
Here’s what we learn from this five-verse vignette from the book of Luke: How well we live, entertain, and vacation can’t be our priority. If we miss church to be at the lake house, where is our focus? Is Jesus first place in our life? If we stay home from church to get the house ready for the pastor’s Sunday afternoon visit, what line have we chosen?
Let’s choose Jesus. He’s the only path to salvation that matters.
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