“But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, 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 10:40-42).
The “many things” worrying and troubling Martha were not wrong or forbidden matters in and of themselves. In fact they were necessary for the running and maintaining of a household, and the entertainment of guests. The trouble was they had become wrong because they had been allowed to take a priority over and above what was more important. Thus the Lord told Martha that the “one thing” that was “needful” was to spend time in His presence, listening and learning at His feet. The wonder of such an activity is that it puts all the other things into proper perspective and they do not seem so important or so worrisome anymore.