“But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:”
Martha was overwhelmed by her misplaced priorities. She had lost her joy in serving by being distracted by the demands she put on herself. Can you relate with Martha?
In our fast paced, on the go, busy society we tend to get wrapped up in the details that don't really matter instead of focusing on what is most important, or slowing down to spend time with those we love.
Martha loved Jesus and wanted to serve Him, yet her focus was on the particulars instead of His presence.
How often do we set aside time to spend with the Lord only to find ourselves busy and troubled about other things instead? Or maybe we are so busy that we do not even set time aside to spend with Him.
Jesus told Martha “But one thing is needful…”
Every thing else in life is not needed outside of His presence. When will we realize that when we leave Him out, we are the ones who are left without? We are nothing without Him, and in order to walk with Him and shine our lights for Him, we must spend time in His presence.
In John 12:1-2, we find Martha still serving, but yet she was seated at the table with Christ, along side her sister and brother. Martha had learned to be always abounding in the work of the Lord without forgetting about the Lord of the work.
Be busy working for the Lord, but be careful not to be so busy that you neglect to spend time with Him. We will render ourselves ineffective if we allow ourselves to be serving without sitting at His table.
Let us learn from Martha’s example, and remind ourselves daily the words of Christ to her, “But one thing is needful…”
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