I know in the past I’ve talked about the busy lives we tend to lead these days, but this week God has really put that subject on my heart again. Through a couple things I’ve read and a few different conversations I’ve had this week, God just keeps screaming to slow down and take it all in. Now don’t take this as a recommendation to sit around and do nothing. If you know me at all, you should know I believe in always moving forward. Stagnate water starts to stink pretty quickly… Anyway, I just keep seeing one of the biggest hang ups in my life, my friends lives, and really in our churches is the hustle and bustle of it all. A lot of “things” are getting done, but we’re missing out on some of the biggest blessings by not taking the time to just focus on the Man that it’s all for.
I came across the story of Mary and Martha this week when Jesus came to visit there home. Both ladies were overjoyed and honored to have Him in their home, but there reception of Him was quite different. If you don’t know the story, you can read about it in Luke 10: 38-42. To summarize; Jesus came to visit, Mary sat and listened to what He taught, Martha ran around fixing dinner and cleaning the house. When Martha asked Jesus if it was fair that she did all the work while her sister just sat there, He replied, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only ONE thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Was Martha being bad?
So many times we focus on bad things in our lives. It seems like most men especially like to figure out where it all went wrong so we can fix things. The simple truth is that sometimes there’s nothing wrong. Sometimes it’s just simply our own fault. We’re so caught up in the details of “fixing” our lives, our kids, our jobs, our churches that we completely forget about the “ONE thing worth being concerned about.” Most of things need attention and on the surface they’re not bad. The problem arrises when we begin to focus more on the things than on the main prize. Our details become a sort of god, and all of sudden, we’re worshiping that god (please notice the lower case “g”). And yet another commandment is broken.
In Psalm 46: 10, we’re told to “Be still, and know that I am God.” We need to read this every Monday morning. It makes me think of when I’m trying to talk to my oldest son, Griffin. He’s very energetic, slightly hyper, and never sits still. Every other sentence is, “sit still” or “look at me son.” Can you see where I’m going? How many times has God wanted to reach down, grab my shoulders, and scream, “SIT STILL SON!” All He wants from us is obedience, but if you’re not listening, you’re gonna miss Him…
18 “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to My teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”
Luke 8:18 | NLT