In this text, we see that Martha and Mary was preparing for Jesus to visit them as he often did. Their brother, Lazarus, and Jesus were friends. Therefore, Jesus, Lazarus, Martha, and Mary would hang out and talk.
When Jesus came to the house on this particular day, the sisters were engulfed with their house chores. However, as Jesus began to minister to them, Mary stopped cleaning and listened. Martha, on the other hand, continued to work and became distracted and consumed by the work.
By Martha being distracted, it caused her:
- To miss an opportunity to be in Jesus’ presence
- To scold Jesus, asking him whether he cared that her sister had left her to fix the meal alone. She told Jesus to order Mary to help her with the preparations
- To become encumbered, overloaded, and burden with taking care of the household
- Thoughts to become bitter towards her sister
What is distracting you? What is keeping you from giving God your undivided attention?
Where is God on my “To-Do List”? (Luke 4:4)
Are my priorities in the correct place? (Matthew 6:33)
Am I a workaholic?
Psalm 39:6-7 “We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you” (NLT).
Psalm 62: 5 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him”(NIV).
Forgive me for allowing distractions to interrupt my time with you. God you give me your best ALL the time, therefore I must give you my best at ALL times. God, help me to stay focused on your word. Your word is a strong tower and your word will stand when nothing else will. Father, I love you.
In Jesus' Name,
Dangerously Busy + Distractions = Missed Opportunities (©Edwina Perrin)
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