Have you read Sue’s post on priorities? When I think of a godly woman’s priorities, I find myself thinking of the seasons of our lives. As we pass through them, life doesn’t necessarily get easier. It just changes. There are responsibilities and needs to be filled as long as we are physically and mentally able. There will always be distractions crying out to us that attempt to keep us from seeking the best and from walking in the Lord’s priorities for our lives no matter the season. And our priorities may change as we grow older but there is one priority that will not. The first priority of relationship with God remains from season to season.
Jesus spoke about that relationship when He addressed Martha in that infamous tale of the two sisters. “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 from her.” (Luke 10:41-42) Martha was distracted by the needs of the moment and by the responsibilities of being the hostess when there was something – Someone – much better to choose at that moment. Mary left it all aside and chose the good portion. There is so much in this passage that Sue already touched upon but today I want to look at one word.
I had always skimmed over this word until I started writing this post. And I probably still would have not stopped on this one word if not for the fact that I came across a cross reference as I read this text from my Bible app. That piqued my curiosity and I began to focus on the word portion.
I read in a commentary that when Jesus used the word portion, He was making reference to the Old Testament Scriptures where it was used in regard to one’s relationship with God. Here are a few of those references.
“The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.” Psalm 16:5-6
“The Lord is my portion; I promise to keep your words.” Psalm 119:57
“I cry to you, O Lord; I say,’You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” Psalm 142:5
” ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24
As I read these words and then read, “Mary has chosen the good portion,” it surely has opened up a new and deeper understanding of Jesus’ words. I’ve contemplated what it means that the Lord is my portion. I’ve read what others have written in commentaries, sermons and devotionals. Keri Wyatt Kent, in her book Deeper into the Word : Old Testament, wrote, “Portion is also used poetically to refer to a spiritual possession, grounded in relationship. Several times, especially in the Psalms, the Bible says that God is our portion – that is, he is the provision we are given from a spiritual standpoint.” As I’ve attempted to wrap my mind around the word portion, I think these words from Kari Jobe’s song , “Healer”, sum it up: “I believe You’re my portion / I believe You’re more than enough for me / Jesus You’re all I need.”
One verse spoke volumes to me this week and if you read my Waving the White Flag post, you’ll understand why. I’ve chosen Psalm 73:25-26 for us to memorize this week. Will you join me this week in memorizing this verse and meditating on the words of the Psalmist and letting the Lord do a work in your heart?