"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)
(This devotional is by Jon Walker, editor of the Daily Hope Devotionals and author of Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's 'The Cost of Discipleship.')
"It's easy to get so busy for Jesus that we no longer have time for Jesus"
Martha was busy for Jesus, and that left her too busy to be with Jesus.
Jesus was sitting in her living room, but she was in her kitchen steaming vegetables for God. Don't misunderstand; no doubt Jesus would be blessed by a hot meal served by the best cook in Bethany.
But, as Jesus always valued relationships over anything else, his preference might have been a simple cheese and olive pita in exchange for time spent enjoying Martha's company.
Can you think of Jesus simply relaxing among friends, blessed to be with them?
As Pastor Rick has been teaching us this week, it's easy to get so busy for Jesus that we no longer have time for Jesus, and it's easy to get so busy serving at the church that we don't have time for people.
The point here is not to give a free pass for sitting on the sidelines; rather, it's to point you and me toward prioritizing for purpose. First, we seek God (spend time with Jesus), then we do the things he wants us to do.
Our objective is to serve others in love without distractions, being all there, focused on them. Sometimes we serve others simply through our presence.
There may be things you are doing that God never intended for you to do. Maybe you're doing them out of guilt, maybe because you thought you had to, or maybe because it seems like everyone else is doing them.
Nudge Mary over and sit down next to her at the feet of Jesus, and find out what's on His mind. He'll give you a to-do list of the things he wants you specifically to do because he knows what the Father shaped you to do.