Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Based Upon Luke 10:38-42
Ladies and gentlemen, get your minds right! So many things in this life vie for our attention that, if we make them our focus, we will never invest precious time with God. Sometimes even noble things can detract from that which is vital. There is a difference.
Here’s a story to illustrate the point: Jesus went to visit His friends Mary and Martha as He often had. Martha, being the worker-bee that she was, buzzed about performing a multiplicity of duties. Perhaps she was tidying the place, cooking, making the place more comfortable for her divine Guest, and other things. She wanted everything to be just right. As is the case with many women who love to entertain, Martha began to get tired and burned out.
Meanwhile, Mary was sitting with Jesus, hanging on every word He spoke.
Martha’s working. Mary’s sitting. Jesus is watching this all unfold. Once Martha had enough of her sister’s apparent laziness, she implores Jesus to correct her lazy sister and make her help out, instead of just sitting around. However, Jesus taught a simple, pointed lesson in His response: “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41–42).
Jesus’ response was brilliant! More than that, it was very instructive. Both sisters had the incredible privilege of having Jesus around. One sister chose to make herself busy working for Jesus, and with whatever leftover energy she had, she intended to enjoy His company. The other sister decided to enjoy Jesus’ company first, and then all else would be handled. So, here’s my question: What is your priority? Are you burdened by the many noble duties you need to perform for the Lord? Do you awaken every morning weary, because you need to feed the hungry, visit the sick, clothe the naked, or some other very important thing? If so, learn a lesson from Mary. She was not lazy. Mary understood that the vital connection with Jesus was in higher priority than the noble activity of working for Him.
Mary understood that the vital connection with Jesus was in higher priority than the noble activity of working for Him.
When these two are out of order, we become disgruntled actors who criticize the actions or inactions of others. But, when we put ample time in the presence of Jesus first, we are then energized by His Spirit to do good service for others.
So, ladies and gentlemen, get your minds right. Place God in first priority, every single day, and in His strength, go forth and be of service to your communities, and to the world.