“Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
This week, I’m planning Christmas dinner. I went to the grocery store yesterday. I’m going again today. And tomorrow. And Christmas Eve.
Actually, it’s a dinner that Jesus is referring to in Luke 10:42. The Greek word for “portion” here means “meal.”
He tells Martha—who is busily preparing a meal that fed the body—that Mary has chosen the good meal. Mary was eating a meal that fed the soul.
But not only that—Jesus said it was a meal that would not be taken away from her. Wow! Now that’s a really good meal!
It might take us twenty minutes to eat Christmas dinner. It will take our body 24-32 hours to digest that meal. The benefits won’t last for long.
But when we make the Lord’s teaching our meal, when we feast on His Word, the benefits from that meal will last for a very long time.
So long in fact, that Jesus said, it will not be taken away from us. Not in 24 hours, not in 24 years, not even in eternity.
Think about that. Every time we read, study, meditate or memorize God’s Word we are ingesting truth that will never be taken away from us.
That’s a meal we don’t want to skip!