HOST: Ron House
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.”
“Martha was distracted with much serving.” Jesus was a very special guest. Martha was concerned with making sure that everything was just right, that her guests, and especially Jesus, had everything they needed. Meanwhile, her sister, Mary, simply sat at the feet of Jesus, basking in His presence, soaking up every word that He spoke. When Martha asks Jesus to rebuke her sister for not helping serve, Jesus responds with a gentle rebuke for Martha instead: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.” It is not that Martha was doing anything that was overtly wrong. Her desire and efforts to serve Jesus were commendable, but she had become distracted by those efforts and was missing out on more important things. How often do we make the same mistake? Do we ever find ourselves so busy with all that we have to do, including many good and commendable things, that we forget to stop and just spend time with the Lord through prayer or Bible study? As Jesus says, “One thing is necessary,” meaning that there is one thing that is more important than anything else—our relationship with Christ. May we never neglect that most important thing!
What are some things that we can be distracted by today?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!