"Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “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 away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Competition can be a great thing for runners trying to get faster, run longer or simply improve their skills. Watching the opposition, especially those who have more strength, speed and discipline can be a great learning tool. But when it comes to our relationship with Jesus, we should never welcome any person or thing that might compete with our devotion to God.
The story of the sisters, Martha and Mary, illustrates how differently each reacted to the presence of Jesus. While Martha welcomed him into her house, Mary sat at his feet and listened to his every word. Martha got distracted by her work which competed with her devotion to Jesus. Her anxiety and worry also interfered with spending time with him and listening to his teaching. He gently and beautifully reminded her that he was more important when he said, "Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her." What a reminder to us all. Work is certainly necessary but should never compete with our devotion to Jesus. Nothing should.
Is there something you're putting before your time with God? Maybe it's social media? Television? Habits? Hobbies? If you find yourself spending time with him only when you have completed your to do list (squeezing him in when your schedule allows) perhaps, like Martha, you have simply gotten "distracted" and need a gentle reminder to choose "the good portion".
Heavenly Father, you are so awesome and worthy to be praised. You never ever forget to provide for our needs. Even when we don't give you a second thought, we are always on your heart and in your hands. Thank you for continuing to love us when we let other things compete with our devotion to you. May we readjust or priorities and put you first Lord. May we rid ourselves of any distractions that would prevent us from sitting at your feet and listening to your teaching every day. It's in your precious name we pray, Jesus. Amen.
Here in your presence - New Life Worship