“If Satan can’t compromise your beliefs, he’ll be happy to keep you busy!”
You know the reality: People don’t have much downtime in their lives. Between school, work, extracurricular activities, friends, family, time on the phone/computers, etc., people barely have enough time to do all the things they “need” to do in a day. Even as I write this blog, the temptation for me to check my phone, check my Facebook page/twitter account, I find myself easily being distracted from what I need to be doing! Have you ever felt that way? You’re NOT alone!
Luke 10: 38-42 says:
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Throughout this Scripture, I believe there are a few things we must take note of. Mary and Martha were both in the home when Jesus arrived. When he got there, Mary decided to stop what she was doing and spend time with Jesus. The other sister, Martha, spent her time preparing the meal. Was preparing a meal for Jesus a bad thing? I’ve come to the conclusion that this story is a great reminder that spending time with Jesus is more important than simply doing things for Jesus. Jesus longs for a relationship with us.
Too often in our lives, we have a great opportunity to know Jesus more but we let the big dinner a.k.a. distractions keep us from fully following Him! I want to ask you a question today and I pray that it really resonates in your heart:
What’s Your Big Dinner?
Today’s challenge: Write down on a sheet of paper the “big dinner(s)”/distractions that keep you from fully engaging in an intimate relationship with Jesus and ask yourself, “Is this really more important to me than Jesus?” Don’t get so worried about your to-do list that you neglect your time with God. Focus on one thing, JESUS! Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek the Kingdom of Godabove all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
You make time for what’s really important to you.
Are you making time for God?