38 Now while they were on their way, it occurred that Jesus entered a certain village, and a woman named Martha received and welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was listening to His teaching.
40 But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]!
41 But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42 There is need of only one or but a few things. Mary has chosen the good portion (that which is to her advantage), which shall not be taken away from her.
Luke 10:38-42 The Amplified Bible
Whenever I read this story about Mary and Martha, I always ask myself with which sister do I mostly identify. And honestly, it varies. Sometimes I can be like Mary. Sometimes I choose the good part. Sometimes I let go of the things in the world that serve as a distraction and I sit with Jesus. However, sometimes (if I am being honest) I tend to be like Martha – OVERLY occupied and TOO busy.
While I completely understand what the demands of today’s schedule can be like, I want to gently remind you that Jesus’ perspective is radically different from ours. He says that there is only the need of one or a few things – which, I believe, is His very presence. We don’t have to live our lives Helter Skelter. We don’t have to be consumed with doing a thousand things. We can very simply focus on Jesus by taking time at the beginning of each day to sit at His feet and let Him teach us. He can then order our steps and make our days more productive than we dreamed possible – if we give Him the best part!
Have you become so focused on your “To Do” list, that you can’t even remember what it is like to sit with Jesus? You truly have lost your way and don’t know where to start. I understand. I have been there. One of my favorite sayings used to be that I was a jack of all trades, master of none. I wore many hats. Actually, I wore too many hats and I did not feel like I wore any one of them well. See, that’s what happens when you feel like you have to be Superwoman and conquer the world.
It is okay if that describes who you are, who you have become. God is not mad at you. You are not so deep in a pit, a rut, or a pattern that the love of God can not find you and draw you out. Today is your day. Today is the day your life can change. But, it requires you to make a choice. STOP everything that you are doing! And, sit with Jesus for a while. Take the time today to BeLoved Completely by Him. Let Him remind you who you are!
Read the scriptures listed below that will help you to personalize the love of the Father that is just for YOU!!
- I am loved. I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love, I have drawn you to myself. Jer. 31:3
- I am treasured. For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
- I am secure. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:39
- I am pleasing to God. For the LORD takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation. Ps. 149:4
- I am on His mind. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 29:11
- I am lovely. How beautiful you are, my darling,how beautiful! Your eyes are like doves. Song of Solomon 1:15
- I am the apple of His eye. …for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye- Zech. 2:8
- I am unique. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Ps. 139:14
- I am a new creation. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Cor. 5:17
- I am called to do great things. All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 2 Cor. 5:18 – 20
adapted from Shiloh Place Ministries