Distraction Shifts Focus, Evans Olang

Luke 10:38-42, “40 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.” 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

If each of us was to take time to closely look at our lives, we will find that we have too many distractions. And distractions bring about detachment, moving your attention away from what you should be concentrating on, very important things. Sometimes we get distracted even by good things but not necessary at a given time.

We see this example in Luke 10:38 after Jesus entered into a village and Martha welcomed Him into her house. It was Martha’s idea to welcome the Son of God; her sister did not have part in it. If you welcome someone or a distinguished guest, presentation is very important right. And I can see Martha working hard to give a good presentation; cooking, cleaning, setting things up because she had a guest in her house. Then here comes Mary, Martha’s sister who instead of helping her, sat at Jesus feet to hear His words. Whereas one was busy prepping the natural food, the other was busy sitting to feed on spiritual food.

Is it not amazing that we too can be busy prepping things for the Lord but forget the most important thing, sit at His feet and feed on His word, be in prayer? By many means we easily get distracted doing everything else for the Lord but have no time for Him. Yes, Jesus was in Martha’s house but I believe it’s not so much about what Martha could give to the Lord but rather what the Lord could give to her and her household if she was not distracted. At the point of distraction and waiting for her sister to come and help, I can imagine frustrations began to creep in and that is when she turned to the Lord to ask Him to tell her sister to come and help. Instead of Jesus asking Mary to go and help her sister, He said “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.” Any time in the bible the Lord calls a person twice; I believe it was to get that person’s undivided attention. The Lord noticed that she was worried and troubled by many things trying to please the Lord. What she would have learnt was that pleasing the Lord meant sitting at His feet to hear Him teach why?, John 4:34, “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” and for Mary Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” and Mary chose the best thing, Jesus continues to say, “42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

If you were to take a moment right now and scan your life, would you find anything distracting you from being in His presence and listening to His voice? Do you have too many things going on that has shifted your focus from what is important that even reading His word and praying are not appearing to be your priority? Martha was distracted that she missed the food for her soul, Mary chose the best. Are you going to be a Mary or a Martha? Don’t let distractions shift your focus. Blessings Ev

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