“Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” Luke 10:42
One of the key motivators for moving from “Martha mode” to “Mary mode” is the portion we choose. Martha's chosen “portion” was submitting to the tyranny of the the urgent, outward pressure, and inward expectations. She was “distracted, anxious, and troubled” by these tyrants. She was joyless in the presence of Jesus and joyless in the service of Jesus.
Yet that was the portion Martha chose.
I’d like a different portion, please! I’d like Mary’s portion. And what would that portion be?
“The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup” Psalm 16:5
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.” Psalm 27:4
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalm 73:26
“I cry to you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.’” Psalm 142:5
The key to siting at the feet of Jesus and listening to his voice is making his presence your portion. Only the voice of Jesus’ is strong and winsome enough to drown out the demands of the tyrants around you. Only the beauty of Jesus is compelling enough to divert our gaze from the joyless duties we take on. Only a taste of his goodness will keep us out galley slavery.
Jesus is our portion, Chose well!
The well wisher of your soul’s happiness,