New Year’s Refusals – Monday
“There is only one thing worth being concerned about…” Luke 10:42
When the boss’s boss struts through the office and says, “OK, people. Listen up. I see the work you’re doing, but there is only one thing worth being concerned about,” would he have your attention? If your child had been missing all day and the police chief sits you down and says, “There is only one thing worth being concerned about,” would you pay attention? Unless you’re applying for membership in the Idiot Hall of Fame, you probably would. So when the King of the universe said to Mary, “There is only one thing worth being concerned about,” we should all lean in a little closer.
Martha was doing what most of us would be doing—working FOR God. She was wearing herself out trying to do what she thought He wanted. Her sister Mary, on the other hand, was communing WITH God. They could eat cold pizza for all she cared. Jesus was in the house! Nothing mattered but being with Him. Jesus wanted them both to see that where each of them were in relation to Him was the only thing they should be concerned about. Martha’s choice—worthwhile as it was—kept her away from the presence of Jesus, while Mary’s choice kept her at His feet. Martha’s busy-work was wearing her out, but Mary’s soul-work was filling her up. Burnout happens when we wear ourselves out FOR God before we’ve been filled up WITH God. Despite our best intentions, there is only one thing worth being concerned about: Where are you in relation to Jesus?
Refuse to let good things distract you from God’s things.
Lord, I stay busy with good things because it’s easier than letting you deal with my heart. I pretend that my activities are substitutes for real time with you, but they’re not. Where am I in relation to you? Help me change. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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