Monday, June 19, 2006

Staying Close to God

"As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet listening to what he said. 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!"

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
(Luke 10:38-42 NIV)

This passage says that we must not be distracted by anything that will hinder us in glorifying God

Too often the things we regularly do keep us out of focus from God. Even our work at Church can be a distraction as what happened here to Martha. If this happens we also begin to focus on our self just like what happened when Martha complained to Jesus. She begins to focus on herself and not on Jesus. Jesus was there but all she could think about was the unfairness of the situation.

Another point here in verse 42 in my opinion talks about the security in the fact that we are going to heaven. In here Jesus says that when Mary chose the most important thing, it can't be taken away from her anymore. When Mary focused on Christ and not on the the cooking and preparing, she has received Christ's gift of forgiveness of all her wrongs and eternal life and furthermore, it won't be taken away from her. Meaning she is assured of going to heaven.

We must focus on glorifying Christ. Think first if anything we do is robbing Him of His glory or distracting us from doing so.

Based on the Quiet Time Journal of Saddle Back Church

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