I remember watching the movie City Slickers when I was a kid and one scene stood out. It was when the character Curly was trying to explain what the most important thing was and only held up one finger. Mitch replied “what is it? your Finger?”
“No” Curly said, “Just one thing.”
“What is it?” questioned Mitch.
“You have to figure it out”
After a series of parables, Jesus went to the house of Martha.(Luke 10:38-42) There he was relaxing while her sister Mary, was at his feet just adoring him. She was soaking in every word he said and giving him her full attention. In the meantime Martha was being a good host but she felt that her sister was being rude by not helping her. When she mentioned this to Jesus, he said to her “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” The choice she made was more important than everything else that was going on in the house. Martha was too worried about the traditional values that the women are to be the servants of the house when guests are there. She was too worried about the appearance of her house while Jesus was there. How often do we think that we have to look good or clean up before we come to Jesus? How often do we think that we are going through the traditional motions of worship when in fact we lose our focus. We should be focusing on what is really important in our life instead of trying to prepare for it. The worship of Jesus is more important than anything we could possibly think of. John MacArthur said in his forward of the book How to Worship Jesus Christ by Joseph S. Carroll, ” Worship is that one essential activity that must take precedence over every other duty of life.”
Mary found out what mattered most in her life and put that in the highest priority. She found out what Curly’s finger meant.