Daily Devotional 8-29-19

First Things First 
By Julie White
“But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing.  She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work?  Tell her to come and help me. But the Lord said to her, ‘My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!  There is only one thing worth being concerned about.  Mary has discovered it and it will not be taken away from her.’” Luke 10:40
Many older brothers and sisters have a tendency to take charge. We can easily see this pattern in Martha, the older sister of Mary (suggested by many commentators) and Lazarus. She was used to being in control.
The Bible says that both Mary and Martha loved Jesus. When Jesus visited their home, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to what He taught. Martha was distracted by a big dinner she was preparing. She also thought Mary’s style of serving was inferior to hers and voiced this to Jesus. Jesus patiently and gently corrected Martha’s attitude and showed her that her priorities, though good, were not the best; that personal attention she gave her guests should be more important that the comforts she tried to provide them. Jesus didn’t blame Martha for being concerned about the household chores, He was only asking her to set her priorities differently.
Martha worried about details but her awareness of details kept her from participating in the main event. What she didn’t realize, was that in her desire to serve, she was actually neglecting her guest. She was so busy doing things for Jesus that she was not spending any time with Him. Hmmm…
In Scripture’s last picture of Martha, she is once again preparing a meal for Jesus and His disciples. But, the Bible records her silence this time. She had begun to learn what her younger sister already knew—that listening to Jesus was an extraordinary opportunity to be given preference over all other concerns; that there is a proper time to listen to Jesus and a proper time to work for Him; that the heart of worship begins with silence and listening to God.
PRAYER:  Dear God, help me put you front and center by looking to You and listening for You to guide me through this day and every day. Forgive me when I am distracted and lose sight of my purpose for living.