“While they were traveling, He entered a village, and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet and was listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks, and she came up and asked, “Lord, don’t You care that my sister has left me to serve alone? So tell her to give me a hand.” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.””
(Luke 10:38-42 HCSB)
Life gets busy. Crazy busy! There are demands within family, work, and relationships. Responsibilities rise, our to-do list gets longer, and our minds can become overwhelmed.
For Martha–and for us–the problem is not the to-do list…but what the to-do list can do to us!
Good things can distract us from the one necessary thing: to worship Jesus.
The truth is that pursuing our responsibilities and pursuing Jesus don’t have to be in conflict. It is possible to pursue Jesus in the midst of our responsibilities. Martha had forgotten how to do this. And we often forget too!
The key is that we don’t let the demands of life crowd Jesus out. Instead, let us keep our eyes on Jesus while we get kids ready for school, sort through emails, pay bills, do yard work, ride to work, etc.
Every moment of the day is an opportunity to do the one necessary thing: worship.
Let’s fight the urge to get distracted. Let’s worship. Let’s do the one necessary thing.