And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”
Luke 10:39-40 NKJV
Martha was “distracted with all her preparations.” She was “worried and bothered about so many things.” There were all of the urgent demands of getting the meal prepared: setting the table, baking the bread, roasting the meat, fixing the vegetables, and coordinating everything so that it all got done at the same time. We don’t know if Jesus was alone or if the twelve were with Him, but if they were, it was a big production. Even if they weren’t, there was a lot to do and it was urgent.
Our modern world, with all its time-saving devices, has not eased the problem of time pressure. We all feel it. We all face deadlines, whether it is preparing the evening meal, getting a report done for school, or preparing for some important event at work. Many urgent things are good causes, even necessary. But often they are not important in the sense of really making a difference in our lives over the long haul
Does this mean we should we only sit still and reflect on the Bible and pray? No, we are certainly called to be active doing the Lord’s work by helping people. So today, instead of going to either extreme (trying to do everything or doing nothing at all), we can focus on the most important thing, which is Jesus himself. We should be inspired by his love, so we can show hospitality to the people around us.
I Declare: Lord, help me to focus on the one thing that is important: I believe that the time spent with you will help me to navigate the other demands of life that would come afterwards. Amen.
Ignite Thought: Where and what you spend your time on defines what you call important in your life!