We live in an interesting time. Many of us don’t see it as interesting, because we are born into it. It is our normal. It is normal for our kids to play soccer, baseball, football, track and basketball, sometimes all in one season. It is normal to have 200 T.V. channels to pick from. It is normal to have a facebook page, twitter account, and be LinkedIn. It is normal to talk in person, use the phone, email, facebook message, and text all in one hour. It is normal to live in a 2500 square foot home or more, on an acreage, with cats and dogs, and have a small garden for “fun.” This is life in America. We have numerous options. We have numerous distractions.
Having said that, despite all of those things being unique to this moment in history, there is still nothing new under the sun. 2000 years ago, Martha was also very distracted. It wasn’t because of all of the text messages she was receiving, but because she wanted to ensure everything was just right in her home. This desire in and of itself is not bad, but consider what was going on in the next room.
Jesus had just stepped foot in their home. Let me say that again, Jesus had just stepped foot in their home. The Christ. The Word. The Way, Truth and Life. God incarnate. He was inside their home, not to watch football, but to teach. God was in her residence teaching his creatures. He was using the same powerful Words that caused storms to stop and would eventually raise their brother, Lazarus, from the dead. However, Martha was too busy to hear any of it. She missed out. She was caught up in the things of this world. She was caught up in the trivial.
You and I are constantly battling the same issue that Martha battled…distractions. And just like Martha we regularly lose the battle. We get up in the morning, and off we go. We get ready, gets kids ready, take the dog out, go to work, check this, check that, email, return calls, plan for the weekend, coordinate schedules, respond to text, get home, go to games, swing through McDonalds, get kids to bed, watch Downton Abbey, check facebook, and fall asleep on the couch. The entire time, the Bible sits unopened. The Word of God is in your home, and we hardly hear any of it. We miss out. Why? Because we are caught up in things of this World.
What I find interesting, are the words of Jesus, “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." In the eyes of Jesus, Martha’s choice doesn’t make sense. Instead of what is necessary and good, instead of what is eternal, she chooses temporal meaningless tasks, things that have few, if any, eternal ramifications. God was in her presence and she was more concerned about pots and pans.
So here is the challenge, make an effort to lay down the trivial and pick up the necessary. If you are too weak, find someone to encourage you. Whatever your distraction, reduce or eliminate it. Cut the cable, quit facebook, limit activities, downsize, simplify. But don’t stop there. Simplifying is a means to an end, namely spending time with Christ. Be intentional to sit at the foot of Jesus every day by reading the book that is all about Him, the Bible. Learn from Him. Enjoy Him, Love Him. If you do this, it will not be taken away from you.