Don’t Get Too Busy for God
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.”And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”Luke 10:40-42
Martha was letting worldly things take priority over being with Jesus. Jesus knew her heart and said she was worried and troubled about many things. If we are not careful, we can become so busy we give the Lord second priority. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:4) Christ is to be our life, the center of our life, but how often are we the center of life?
This is the spiritual battle we face every day, Satan trying to give us a divided heart. Their heart is divided; now shall they be found faulty: he shall break down their altars, he shall spoil their images. (Hosea 10:2) Our alters are things that keeps us too busy for Christ to be our life. Do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:27) The following are three things to overcome, or we are giving Satan a foothold into our life.
Unforgiveness: But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:15) The more forgiving we are, the more forgiveness we receive from God. Unforgiveness means our heart is not filled with God’s unconditional love, and the center of God’s love is forgiveness through Christ. Unforgiveness is toxic to our worldly life, our spiritual life, and can affect physical health.
Choices: Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. (Mark 8:34) Satan desires we stay busy and not deny self, so we make worldly choices instead of fulfilling the Lord’s calling. Satan tries to keep us away from other Christians by tempting us to miss worship services and Bible studies. This foothold is prevalent today because people justify their choices.
Desire What Pleases God: More than anything else, however, we want to please him, whether in our home here or there. (2 Corinthians 5:9) If we are consciously minded of pleasing God, we will ask ourselves is this choice pleasing to God. If our choice is not pleasing to God, then our justification may override the Spirit’s conviction.
Today slow down and evaluate what is more important in your life, things of the world or things of God. Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14) Live each day for the Lord for tomorrows are uncertain.
Prayer: Lord, help me to have the right priorities in my life and not be like Martha. Don’t let Satan have a foothold by making me too busy to surrender my life to you. In Jesus name, Amen