march 12th - time with jesus
Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42 (NKJV)
Songs have been written lamenting the fact that it seems as if there is too little time and too much to do. Most of us have felt that way. I still remember the time of juggling a new marriage, a full load of classes at the University, a part-time job, church involvement, and then everything else. Life was frantic and I felt "pressed." Finals week was a killer and I had nightmares, about not being prepared for a test, for years.
Even now it seems as if life itself is truncated. Everything seems cut off before completed. Conversations are hurried. Phone calls are interrupted by incoming phone calls. There is a building backlog of emails that have yet to be answered. And my life is often controlled by the "Tyranny of the Urgent." I believe this was Martha's world. She was busy--really busy! She had important tasks to complete; at least that was what her "To Do List" was telling her.
She was bothered by her less motivated sister. Her sister dropped everything--even the assignments that Martha had given her--and wouldn't you know it, sister Mary was just sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to His conversation with the others gathered in the house. Martha was so upset that she just had to say something: "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."
Jesus kindly let Martha know that Mary was not shirking her responsibilities--she had simply made a better choice of how to spend her time. Rather than being driven by the tyranny of the urgent, Mary had wisely made an eternal investment with her time.
Let's talk about spending time with Jesus. Is spending time with Jesus--just sitting and listening--time well spent? Let me ask it another way--with an obvious rhetorical question: Is there any value in spending time alone with the Author and Finisher of your faith? Now let me try sarcasm: What possible value could be found in spending time with the Creator of all that is?
As a Believer, Jesus is Creator, Savior, Friend, Brother, Advocate, the Rock, the Strong Tower, Intercessor, Wonderful Counselor, Prayer Partner, Guide, Lifter of my Head, and Future Hope. Spending time with Jesus is not just a wise choice, it is the best choice!
Author's Note: I am a Psalmist at heart, so I probably relate to Mary more than I sympathize with Martha. That said, sometimes I get so buried in the activities of life that I forget how truly wonderful Jesus is and how uplifting and helpful it is to bask in His presence. My time connected to the Vine is time well spent! RJD