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, 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: 38-42)
I’ve always felt a little sorry for Martha. After all, they had guests in the home, and that house wasn’t going to clean itself, nor would the food cook itself. Somebody had to do it! I can understand her frustration with her sister, and one can imagine this might not have been a new issue in their home. One of the spiritual gifts is that of serving, and Martha apparently had it. She wanted everything to be just right for the Lord and His disciples. I don’t believe her legit preparations were the problem.
I believe the key words are distracted, worried, and upset. She was so busy with busy-ness that she was distracted from the most important thing she could have been doing. Though Martha was serving, she had an attitude problem. Her sister Mary nailed it. She sat at Jesus’ feet and loved Him and listened to Him and learned from Him.
It is entirely possible to be so busy “serving the Lord” that you miss a real relationship with the Lord. You can do many things for the Lord and miss being with the Lord.
If you’re too busy to carve out that intimate time with Him at least daily – you’re too busy! Set your time with Him as an irrevocable, non-negotiable appointment. Nothing is more important. And I promise, you’ll get a lot more done in all the time that’s left. Furthermore, all of those activities you do will take on deeper meaning and purpose!
Lord, my time with You is so precious to me! You fuel my spirit, light my way, and energize me with renewed purpose.