And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:41-42 KJV
The late Dr. David Yonggi Cho from South Korea had a church membership of over 750, 000 persons. He start each day with prayer, at times praying up to five hours per day because of the magnitude of the work he had to do for the Lord.
His story reminded me of a poem entitled “Time to Pray”. The first verse tells of the plight of the unknown poet who got up early one morning and, realizing how much work he had to do, simply rushed right into the day failing to take time to pray. He was too busy to spend time in the presence of the Lord. The last verse of the poem, however, was very telling. He said, “I woke up early this morning, and paused before entering the day. I had so much to accomplish, I had to take time to pray”.
We are often conscious of the many things that demands our attention each day. This was the case with Martha in Luke 10:38-42. She welcomed Jesus into her home, and was busy serving the Master, as any good host would do. However, the scripture describe her busyness as being “distracted” meaning she was “pulled away” by something (NET Bible notes). Her sister Mary, however, chose to serve in another way. She chose to spend time at the Master’s feet, as a disciple would do.
Martha was unhappy with Mary’s decision, and she complained to Jesus. However, according to The Passion Translation of our scripture, Jesus asked her the question He is probably asking many of us today, “Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions?”
Like Martha, many of us are distracted with the numerous things we have to do, and each day brings its fair share of challenges. At times, something has to give, and, unfortunately, we sometimes sacrificed our time with the Lord for the so-called greater good. We may even console ourselves with the thought, “The Lord will understand”.
Is it any wonder our days are often upsetting, troubled, and unfulfilled? Do you wonder why you feel so far from God? If you want to secure a good day, if you want your relationship with God move to the next level, you will need to spend quality time with the Lord.
Martha was distracted. Not Mary. Jesus said, “Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”
Spending time at the feet of Jesus is a privilege. It recharges our batteries and refuels our tanks. It brings about growth and maturity. Time spent with the Master should be a time of refreshing for us, not a task or a chore. Our loving Father desires to spend time with His children.
Additionally, speaking to the Lord does not have to end when we rise from our knees. The line of communication should remain open as we face a client, wipe the floor or feed a child. We should invite God’s presence in every aspect of our day.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, please forgive us for not spending more time in daily communion with You. Please give us a new thirst for more of Your presence, in Jesus’ name we pray. Amen