Geez…its Monday already?!?!?! Time flies. With everything that is going on its hard to find the time; schedules fill up quickly, work consumes our thoughts at night, family and friends vie for our attention, and then there’s this thing called sleep. How do you fit it all in? What do you let “drop”? What do you do when you simply need 25 hours, 8 days a week? How do you fit God into the equation? Do you shoot him a maintenance prayer just before you shut your eyes? Do you give him a “to do” list of what you need…and oh have it done by morning?
There can be many reasons and causes for our busy lives. The sisters, Mary and Martha are a good example of this:
Luke 10:38-42, “As they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are) anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
I’m sure so many of us can relate to Martha who was afraid of emptiness. So she filled up the minutes and hours of her days keeping busy. The problem is, when our lives are crowded and cluttered, there remains very little space for God–if any at all. Because Martha busied herself in the kitchen, she missed out on the “one thing that is needed,” spending time with Jesus.
The word translated “distracted” is Greek perispao, “1. ‘be pulled or dragged away.’ 2. ‘become or be distracted, quite busy, overburdened.” Ever felt like you are just doing too much, so distracted, that you lose perspective and forget what that “one thing” is? It’s not just sin but even godly things can distract you or pull you away from the “one thing”. Remember Martha was busy getting things perfect during Jesus’s visit and she missed the “one thing.” If you haven’t figured it out, the “one thing” is intimacy with Jesus. It’s the time you set aside to get to know God, His voice, His purposes for you, and His power to live them out.
Don’t allow the distractions of everyday busy life pull you away from meeting with God. Your intimacy with Jesus is the source of your power and motivation to live and walk out in your divine purpose! If you have that feeling of being “stuck”, STOP everything and get with God—His power will give you the attraction you need to start living again with passion and power!