Picture you have invited Jesus into your home. Are you Martha who was focused on getting the meal ready and associated chores or are you sister Mary who sat at Jesus’ feet and listened? Step back for a minute and really think about this because it has so much to say about your life—and how you are living it. It’s a virtual mirror on life!
“Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself” Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:40-42
Sure, Martha did the inviting and wanted to have a nice meal for Jesus with all the trappings. I’m sure she also wanted to make sure the house was clean and presentable. She was simply being a good host. Mary may seem like the relative who does nothing but sits around and has a good time while you do all the work. We all have those relatives! But the story has a deeper meaning than that.
We all get so caught up in everything around us, especially work. I’m so busy that I don’t have any time to PRAY or simply stop for a few minutes to LISTEN for/to God. READ the Bible? I barely have time to read the mail! Yet most of us find time to tweet, write on our Facebook walls, and eke out play time. We get so caught up in this world, and all the chores and play, that we forget about God.
Mary knew what was important. She wasn’t lazy. She simply knew her priorities in life and that’s why she parked herself at Jesus’ feet. She just zoned in to Jesus and listened. And Jesus didn’t want anything but open ears. Food, a clean house, and all the other trappings were not important.
I’m not talking about stopping everything in your life and dropping out. I’m simply talking about giving God some time—quality time. If not, the world will get the better of you and inundate your life. Only God can simplify your life because he means life to be so very, very simple. We are the ones who complicate our lives.
So, spend some time at Jesus’ feet today. Start by inviting Jesus into your life.
Have a GREAT week ahead! And think about your true priorities in life.