Be Still Know
Luke 10:40a NLT
‘But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing.’
How easily are you distracted? I am great at pursuing grand designs, such as my PhD, but I get easily distracted along the way. By distraction I mean getting drawn into something that prevents me from concentrating on what I have chosen to do. So even with my PhD I was drawn into pursuing various lines of thought that captured my imagination as I gathered material for my primary thesis. These many paths offered no help to my thesis, but were interesting and gave the appearance of studying for my degree.
Now, distractions offer pleasant diversions from the main event. Yet the true meaning of the word is far more violent than simply a distraction. It means to pull or tear apart. This is the problem Martha faces. Her hospitality is wonderful, and her attention to detail in her many tasks, essential. Yet, here they remove her from the immediate presence of God.
Each one of us needs a clear identity. For many, this comes from the work they do. It’s one of the first questions we ask of each other at a social gathering. Many of us place much confidence in referencing that role as a description of who we are. We even see our value arising from the work we do, the title we’ve been given. However, God says that these are all distractions. Not that the work is unnecessary, nor that it’s wrong, but that our primary responsibility is in developing a relationship with him. After all, all that we do and achieve here on earth, however noble, will reach a conclusion. Yet, our friendship with God alone survives our death and continues throughout eternity.
The danger Martha faces, one we all confront, is the degree to which our good works, our worthy work, comes between us and our friendship with God. It’s never the quality of the hospitality we offer God, or the tidiness of our house that counts. It’s the love we express towards God.
QUESTION: Are you avoiding sitting at Jesus’ feet for no other reason than it’s where Jesus wants you to be?
PRAYER: Lord, it is better to spend one day in your house than 1,000 elsewhere. Help me to love your presence.