We can imagine what that day was like when two sisters of the Bible, Mary and Martha received a visit from Jesus. He was indeed the most influential and important visitor that they had ever received into their homes. Martha made preparations and worked diligently to honor Jesus, while Mary sat at His feet, engulfing herself in his presence. Jesus had Mary’s full attention, while Martha’s well-meaning intentions took her away from the very person she was seeking to honor. How easily we can fall into the mindset of Martha. Aside from common technological distractions, ministry, church activities even religion can become distractions if we do not make time-daily, to be in the presence of the Lord. We must prioritize the one we call “King” and not get wrapped up in activities that were never intended to take the place of intimate time with the one that matters most. Before we set out to do anything for Jesus, consult Him. He may tell us to stay home from that meeting and spend time with our children. He may even tell us to spend an hour in prayer, rather than commit ourselves to a project outside of His will. Martha’s lack of time spent with Jesus positioned her to become a stumbling block for Mary, as she attempted to pull Mary from Jesus to focus on work. Let Mary be our Inspiration, as time with Jesus is not only the best part of our day, but brings the best out of us.
“…Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion…” Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)
I pray that you help me to adjust my schedule and make more time for you. I desire a closer relationship with you and I need you to be the focus of my life. I pray for discernment when starting new projects or making decisions regarding the direction of my life. Help me to hear your voice clearly when you speak. Thank you Father for wanting to be in my life and I receive you with all my heart, mind and spirit. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
A sincere thank you to our Daughters of the King Daily Devotional Writers.