I struggle to be consistent in my faith.
I have so much going on, often my relationship with Christ gets put on the back burner. This is when I think of Martha.
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Here we have Martha. Martha cares deeply and wants to meet every single one of Jesus needs. She had opened her home to Jesus and was doing her best to make sure Jesus was taken care of. Martha was doing something that seemed very necessary, something good even. Martha was doing what I so often catch myself doing. Martha was distracted with so many good things, that she was not paying attention to the best thing.
Then, on the other hand, we have Mary. Mary appears to be shirking away from her duties as co-hostess, but Jesus thinks differently. Mary has made the decision to spend time at the feet of Jesus, and according to to Him, she has chosen the better thing to do (and, let’s be honest, Jesus is right. He’s always right).
So, looking into my life, I can see how apparent it is when I am not spending time soaking in the words of Christ. My relationship with God is affected, my relationship with others is affected, and I even feel differently towards myself. Spending time at the feet of Jesus is not something that we can function properly without. We were created to be in relationship with the Creator, whether we have other good things to be doing or not. There are a lot of good things in this world, but there is one truly great thing, and that is being in relationship with our Maker.