Luke 10:38-40 NIV “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
Martha was distracted with the cares of the family, with serving, and providing suitably to entertain the Savior and His disciples. The word translated “distracted” in verse 40, periespato, has the connotation of being pulled or dragged in different directions. Martha’s distraction and worry left no room for the most important aspect of hospitality — gracious attention to the guests. Mary chose to sit at the Lord’s feet and spend quality time with Him. Martha was “distracted… anxious and troubled about many things,” and it kept her from being truly present with Jesus.
Feeling pulled in different directions, feeling worried and distracted by many things — these seem to be common threads of life in our fast-paced world too. As we take this time to fast and seek the Lord, let us be reminded of the simple act of being present with the Lord. May we worry less about doing and focus more on being.
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 NIV
Your personal application:
Only one thing was needed. Mary chose what was better. Today, let us be intentional to choose what is better. May we silence the distractions today. May we take the time to sit at His feet and just spend time listening to Him.
What unnecessary tasks can you eliminate in order to free yourself up to spend more time with Him? Ask the Lord to help you keep Him priority over everything else.