'...Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.' Luke 10:40 NIV Martha welcomed Jesus and His disciples into her house. That's a great start, but she got caught up doing the little things. Whereas her sister, Mary, 'sat at the Lord's feet listening to what He said' (Luke 10:39 NIV). The next verse says Martha got 'distracted'. Jesus was in her house; the focus at that time really needed to be on Him. But let's not be too hard on Martha because, if we're honest, we've all been focused on something that isn't the main thing. Martha, quite understandably, got angry that Mary wasn't helping and went to Jesus for backup: '"Lord, don't You care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her"' (Luke 10:40-42 NIV). Hmm. Martha's heart was in the right place, but Mary knew where to put her heart and her focus. When God's speaking to you, or you feel He wants to guide you somewhere, don't get anxious about the logistics. Go to His feet first, and the rest will take care of itself. So what now? Write down the things you do on a regular basis, and note the role they play in your relationship with Jesus. If any draw focus away from Him, pray through whether you should drop them or not.
Soulfood: 1 Cor 10-11, Mark 16:9-20, Ps 68:19-35, Prov 25:17-20