Let’s Not Get Distracted Part 1 of 2
Do you remember when you first got saved? The fire you had for God was exciting and new. You wanted to do all that you could. You served on the usher board, you joined the praise team, you helped with children’s ministry, and you even cleaned the church on Saturday. Not to mention the weekly bible studies, various revivals, concerts and events. But throughout your walk with God, you somewhat got distracted. You didn’t backslide or anything, you just got…distracted.
This was the case with Mary and her sister Martha in Luke 10:38-42. While at Martha’s house, Jesus was ministering to the people. Verse 40 says, “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.” Not only had she gotten distracted with her tasks, she also had gotten distracted with what her sister was doing. Jesus saw this and told 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.”
What was the good portion? The good portion was the Word of God. Mary had chosen to sit and listen to Jesus rather than allow the various tasks to become a distraction. While reading this, I noticed that my bible gave Psalms 27:4 as a reference scripture to the “one thing” that Mary had chosen. It says “One thing have I desired of the LORD; that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in His temple.” Mary desired to dwell in the presence of the Lord and to seek Him. There is nothing wrong with serving. If you have committed yourself to the various departments of your church that is fine. The church needs dedicated people to help further the ministry. However, we must not get so caught up in these things that we forget what the real purpose is…