“Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving.” Luke 10:38-40 ESV (bold mine)
If Jesus was in my home, would I be distracted with serving Him instead of sitting with Him?
I’m not even entirely sure I’d invite Him to dinner. I’d like to say I would, and of course if He was in the flesh I’m sure I would. But I have the opportunity every day to invite Him in, and I don’t.
I have the opportunity to sit at His feet every day and listen. If He is the bread of life, He should be first at my breakfast table. I need Him. Without His Word I am starved.
I’ve been starving lately.
The thing is, I know that Jesus will not force feed me. I need to choose to sit and feast.
I need to lay down my busyness and the distraction of my own agenda. I need to remember that His Word is not dead or boring or lacking; His Word is alive and piercing, and He speaks to me directly, personally. And on the days I feel like He doesn’t, then I choose to sit with Him as an act of worship; an act of sacrifice.
He is God and I have access to Him. Being able to sit with Jesus and have Him speak directly to my spirit? That is awesome.
Friends, before we get on with our day, before we get taken up with all our tasks and the stuff of life, let’s fill our souls; let’s feast with the King.
In the morning when I rise
Help me to prioritize
All the thoughts that fill my day
Before my schedule
Tells me that my day is full
Before I’m off and on my way
I want to praise you
I need to praise you
Let the first song that I sing
Be praises to my God and King
Before I fill my cup, I’ll lift you up,
I’ll lift you up
Before I start my day, I’ll sing Your praise,
I’ll sing Your praise
Before I start my car, before I get too far….
I want to praise You
A portion of First Song That I Sing, by Sara Groves (Listen here)
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12, NASB
Mary Challenge: Get alone with Jesus today. Don’t put it off. Curl up and take in Psalm 119 today. Find a specific verse in Psalm 119 that speaks to you and meditate on it; perhaps even memorize it. Make a plan to spend a portion of each day with God. Maybe this?
Martha Challenge: Clean your dresser drawers – the inside and the top. Go through your clothes, sort, get rid of, organize, and make the top of your dresser look pretty (put everything away!).
My before and after pics will be here.
What keeps you from His Word?
Day 1 – Distractions
Photo Credit: ’Christ in the House of Martha and Mary’, Henryk Siemiradzki, 1886