23 Mar Don’t let good things distract you from the best thing
Bible Reading: Luke 10:38-42
Kevin DeYoung says in his book Crazy Busy, “Busyness does not mean you are a faithful or fruitful Christian. It only means you are busy, just like everyone else. And like everyone else, your joy, your heart and your soul are in danger.”
Indeed, we are often in danger of being so busy with good things, that we neglect the one thing that actually matters. How many of us fill our daily calendars to the brim, yet neglect to spend time with Jesus? There are many good things we can do with our time, yet without spending time with Jesus, we will be robbing our soul from the very person who can give us true fulfillment.
In our passage today, Martha was very busy showing hospitality to Jesus. She must have been proud of herself for being such a good host. More than likely she was busy preparing a big meal for her guests. Yet, she felt frustrated because her sister was not helping. When she approached Jesus for help, Jesus validated Mary for choosing to spend time with Jesus.
Jesus’ response to Martha indicates that her priorities were misplaced. Sure, showing hospitality was a good thing, but it wasn’t more important than spending time with Jesus. How often do we also allow “good” things to crowd out time with Jesus? Rather than being impressed by our busy accomplishments, Jesus gently calls us to come sit as His feet and listen.
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