Have you ever heard someone talk about something they were doing and they said, “It’s business.” The idea of something being business, carried the idea that it was distinguishing or perhaps important. Maybe it had the idea that this wasn’t something they would negotiate and they had to do it.
When we think of business, we think of something that has inherent value or importance. But does business really merit such an evaluation? Think about how you spell business. It’s “busi-ness” It looks like a variant of “busyness.” And it is. In fact both words come from an old english word, “bisignis” which literally means “anxiety.” Yes, the ultimate root of business, literally means anxiety.
Think about all the business in the world and in your life. Could it be, that some of it or most of it, is not really important at all, but is actually a whole bunch of worries wound up together and presented as some sort of required duty?
In this life, there is only one thing that matters, and that’s pleasing Jesus Christ. In Luke 10, Martha was “careful and troubled about many things.” (sound like business?) Jesus told her, “one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:42
What was Mary doing? She was worshiping at Jesus’ feet.
That one thing is needful. That is necessary. That is all.
I’m not telling you to quit your job and go home to worship Jesus, but simply to evaluate your perspective. Have you put your busyness above Christ. Is your work simply an outpouring of your worship to God? Or is it something that controls you and worries you. I challenge you, don’t put worry and anxiety filled activity above the worship of Christ.
Only one thing is needful. Let us choose it, as Mary did.