I am a carb lover. Don’t get me wrong, I love meat, too. Give me anything made out of dough and I am in heaven…cake, pasta, perogies, homemade bread, rolls, doughnuts, raw cookie dough, and pie crust.
We went to one of those Brazilian restaurants where they carve the meat straight off the skewer and right onto the plate. All you can eat…and I love it. But before they start parading the meat out to me, they send you to the salad bar with all kinds of breads, pasta salads, seafood salads…so many distractions from the main attraction. I had to stop and focus myself…what was I really there for…the incredible MEAT…”so focus” I needed to tell myself and resist the distractions.
In Luke 10:38-42 the Bible describes a woman who gave into distractions. Jesus was visiting the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Martha, wanting to be a good hostess, was working herself into a frenzy in the kitchen while Mary remained at Jesus’ feet, absorbed in His teaching. When Martha complained to Jesus about her sister not helping her, he responded that Mary had chosen the essential thing…time at the feet of Jesus.
Martha was doing good things, but she became so engrossed, and stressed by those things, she neglected what was really most important.
Are you so busy doing good things, maybe even in ministry, that you are neglecting spending time with Jesus? Try to refocus on him. Don’t let anything interfere with your regular time with Jesus…in his Word, in prayer and in worship.
Today, choose the main course, don’t get distracted with the appetizers or the desserts. Fill up on the real nourishment that is meant to sustain you. examine your schedule and priorities. Are you making time for and motivated by your relationship with God? If not, you are filling up on scraps and your joy and peace will reflect that.
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Dear Father God, I know that I tend to be like Martha. I get so caught up in my “to-do’s” that I sometimes neglect spending time with You. Help me to refocus…to choose the main course. Give me discernment regarding those things that so closely mimic the real thing, but lead me astray. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One who you sent to teach me, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.