Bible Verse: “One thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42
Scripture Reading: Luke 10:38-42
I feel like I relate to Martha in Luke 10.
“Martha was distracted by her many tasks,” Luke observes in verse 40.
I want to offer a defence for Martha here. My task list is overflowing, too. I’m so busy some days that I don’t even get to my list. On other days, I feel good if I complete as many tasks as I add.
And how do we fit in our “spiritual disciplines”? These are spiritual activities and exercises that we do to connect with Jesus, and are the places where we are changed into people who look more like Him.
We’re busy. And that’s the problem with spiritual disciplines: they can seem like another “to-do” on a never-ending list.
Frankly, that’s why people like Mary can be so frustrating. While Martha worked, Mary sat and listened to Jesus. Martha must have felt like Mary was adding to her workload.
But Jesus reminded Martha, “One thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Jesus reminds us of three realities:
- Spending time with Him isn’t optional. It’s necessary.
- Spending time with Him doesn’t happen when we have nothing else to do. It happens in the middle of busyness.
- The benefits of sitting at Jesus’ feet won’t be taken away from us.
This week, we will explore how to develop key spiritual disciplines in our lives, even in the middle of the busyness.
Prayer: Lord, life is busy. Help me to protect what matters most in life, even in the middle of the busyness. May it feel less like a burden than a joyful necessity! Amen.
Reflection: Why do you think we’re tempted to feel like we don’t have time for Jesus?
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