Are You Listening?
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.(Luke 10:40, NIV)
Distractions. We all experience them. They are real and powerful and have the potential to keep us from God’s best for us. Many of the things that distract us from intimacy with God are not necessarily evil in themselves… ministry, entertainment, food, family, careers, children and many others. Jesus understands the power of distractions very well, for we read in Hebrews 12 that He did not allow Himself to be distracted from God’s will for Him. He gives us the remedy for distractions in Luke 10:38-42. In a nutshell He says that the way to overcome distractions is to focus on one thing: what really matters. He taught that we should never let things that really don’t matter affect the things that do really matter.
When Martha was frustrated and complained that Mary wasn’t helping her in the kitchen, Jesus said to her, “You are worried and bothered about so many things, but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42, NASB). According to Jesus only one thing really mattered and Mary had chosen it. Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made (and these were not sinful things), but Mary focused on the most important thing: listening to Jesus. Martha was distracted by what was good (the physical); Mary chose what was best (the spiritual).
Why is listening to Jesus the best and important thing in life? Because only He understands our present and how to handle it best, and knows our future and how to get there. If we are wise we will listen to Him. God Himself said, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” (Luke 9:35, NIV). Jesus said what Mary chose was not going to be taken away from her. Many things can be taken away from you, but not benefits and blessings of relating to Jesus and knowing Him in a real and personal way.
Are you listening to Him?