This is something that God has been laying on my heart lately. I spend so much time doing this and that…chores, scrapbooking things, etc., and so little of my time is really spent in fellowship with God.
It doesn’t make any sense. God offers us so many things. Peace that passes understanding–do you know what an awesome promise that is? That we could really have peace in our hearts regardless of what is going on around us in our lives? Jesus says that He gives us peace–not as the world gives, but true peace. I suffer from anxiety attacks (although Praise God it has been better of late), and I have often prayed about this and wondered why I still suffer from anxiety when Jesus promises me peace. The answer is right in front of me all along.
How many times have you heard a funny story about someone thinking an appliance was broken, only to find that it wasn’t plugged in? God has SO much promise and power for us…it never leaves us. His promises and His power are always there, just waiting. We are the ones who move away. We are the ones who don’t take advantage of what He has for us.
Jesus tells us in Mark 2:27 that the Sabbath was made for man. We NEED that time of rest, and we need that time of fellowship and communion with God. Christ died so that we would have a bridge to cross. So that we would be able to come boldly to the throne of grace Hebrews 4:16. And yet still we let ourselves get stretched too thin. We focus on the things of this world–work, ministries (yes, I believe that even ministries can become a hindrance to our personal relationship if we let it), children’s activities, TV, internet, etc. And, we squish out the most important thing–Jesus.
God’s word tells us a story about doing just that:
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her. Luke 10:38-42
The important thing that I need to remember is that Martha wasn’t doing anything wrong. She wasn’t involved in sinful activity. She was doing things that “needed” to be done. I’m sure she would have said, as many of us say, that she “has” to get those things done. She had to clean, prepare, and serve. What she was doing was important. But, Jesus gently reminded her that no matter HOW important a task she has in this world, HE is always the ONE THING that is truly needed in our lives.
My husband says that when he reads this story he is always a little flabbergasted and just wants to say to Martha, “Wake up! The savior is sitting in your living room.” He can’t believe that she would be so distracted when she could be spending time with Jesus. And yet, we do the same thing every day. Because of his sacrifice, we have the opportunity to be in fellowship with him at any moment of any day, but we take it for granted by being distracted by things of this world.
And, again back to one of my favorite verses: But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33. Seek FIRST the kingdom of God. So often I find myself trying to fit God and time with him in around everything else that I do in my life, when I really should do the opposite. God should come first, and everything else is secondary. We need to fit in everything else in our lives around God. And if we truly do that, then the other “necessities” of our earthly lives will be taken care of. God promises to take care of us, but we need to spend time with him–worshipping, praising, and listening. He wants to guide us, and His word tells us that if we seek Him we will find him. (Deuteronomy 4:29). And, Jesus tells us, Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7. If we truly seek Him, search for his will, we will find him every time.
Do you find that you are more like Mary, who made time to sit and worship at Jesus’ feet and be taught and ministered to by him, or are you more like Martha, allowing the cares and worries and chores of this world to distract you from the one thing that is truly needed in your life?