Choosing the best

Week beginning: 20th October, 2019 | By Esther Harrison | Nottingham

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. 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."
And Jesus answered and said to her, "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 10:38-42 (NKJV)

It's the time of year when many move on to a new stage in life: beginning a degree; starting at law school; undertaking pupillage or a training contract. For some, we have reached the stage where we are delivering the training. Until recent times at the bar, we used the title "Pupil Master" or "Pupil Mistress" for those who supervised the pupil barristers. A title given to Jesus, more often in days gone by, was "The Master".

Whatever phase of life we are in as lawyers or Christians we need to learn from Jesus. We need to choose "that good part" and sit at his feet. This takes effort and hard work, discipline and habit. It may mean getting up early on Monday morning to prepare a case so that we have time to rest and worship on Sunday, drinking in his word, fellowshipping with his people. Perhaps keeping a Bible in our desk or on our phone so we may "redeem the time" when it arises. We may have to set the alarm clock earlier so we can rise and pray (Mark 1:35).

Mary and Martha were to face a great test of faith when their brother Lazarus died (John 11). We face daily challenges in our careers and studies, and we live in a world hostile to our Saviour. We need to spend time at his feet – pierced and bloodied for us yet beautiful in bringing the good news of salvation to all who repent in faith.

Prayer Points:

1. Pray for those who are facing new challenges in their study or practice of the law; that they might be a living witness to the reality of Jesus to all around them.
2. Seek wisdom from God as to how you can "choose the best", prioritising godly habits that bring you closer to The Master.