"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." - Luke 10:41-42
Alot of us can identify with Martha in this world. We are always contantly on cell phones, internet, running here and there after friends. This world is an instant/fast world because it is trying to cram us into it's mold. Fast food, instant cell phones not wait till we get home to call, instant internet for anything, microwaves, driveup tellers, drivethru restaurants, etc.
Have you ever heard children, teens ask their parents or grandparents what something was like back then? Well image Martha's grandchildren asking her what was it like with Jesus in your own home and being with him? I believe Martha's face would reflect the opportunity she had missed. Well I got so distracted with being the perfect host to Him, that I was making sure the food was ready on time, the dishes were clean and ready, and all was perfect for our perfect guest.But I got sidetracked from what was important and missed valuable time with Jesus because I was too focused on those things around me instead of my Lord. I really didn't hear alot, justs bits and pieces as I flew through the room.
But if you ask your Aunt Mary she could tell you alot. She was there at His feet listening intently. I thought she should be helping me but I realized to late that no one was hungry because they got filled up on Jesus word - the bread of Life.
Are you being distracted and missing divine appointments with the King? God longs everyday to speak and be with us but He keeps getting our voicemail or busy signal, or we are to busy to pick up the phone and listen to Him.
The world teaches us that busyness is good because it productive, effective, accomplishes much. But don't get it confused as a virtue or discipline. Jesus saw it as distractions, anxiety, misplaced emotions from time with God.
Jesus told Martha that Mary had chosen the one thing, the best. We need to set aside everything, phones, internet, games, hobbies, friends, cleaning to simply be with Him. What Mary chose was the only thing that was really needed. What would Jesus say to you about the time that is His? You have chose the best or you are distracted?
Read Luke 10:38-42. What dominates your to do list? What causes you to be worried and upset? As you tempted to view "time away" with the Lord as a distraction from your work? Pray and confess to to Jesus that you have misplaced priorities. Then sit and take time to listen. How do you thing your day would be if each morning you scheduled time for Jesus first thing? Choose what is better.