It Is Important, But Maybe Not That Important
Read Luke Chapter 10
Lk 10:38 As Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. 40 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!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
As I write this, I am feeling very convicted. Over the course of the past year or so, I have allowed myself to get upset over some things which have taken time and emphasis over more important things. In today’s scripture passage, Mary and Martha had opened their home to Jesus. Mary was so enthralled over Jesus’ visit that she sat at His feet, anxiously taking in all that He had to say. Meanwhile, Martha was busying herself with “preparations,” which we assume would be the preparation and cooking of a dinner for her guests. There was nothing wrong with what Martha was doing. All that she was working on was necessary to the event.
However, Mary had more important things on her mind. We have no indication that she was slacking off in regard to all the work at hand. She was simply being eager to sit at Jesus’ feet and learn spiritual truths. Jesus said, “What Mary has chosen is better.” I have been guilty of busying myself with things that are not quite as important as spiritual matters. Here are some examples.
- 2012 was an election year. While the election of a president is an important matter, it does not take the place of spiritual matters. More than that, I allowed the emotions of the election to upset me more than they should. I personally dislike how the elections turned out. But one hundred years from now, who was elected will have little impact on eternal matters.
- The issue of abortion is huge with me. I believe with no doubt whatsoever that the killing of the innocent unborn is as equally murder as are the actions of a gunman who opens fire in a theater, mall, or school. It is an issue on which we need to speak out clearly and often. But let’s face it, being an anti-abortion voice will not help usher anyone into Heaven. Hearts and minds must be introduced to Christ before anyone can be convinced to stop abortion.
- I firmly believe that the United States is headed for fiscal bankruptcy. When that occurs, it is likely that our entire government will collapse. If that is true, I don’t have to remind you that would be BIG! But guess what? That won’t have any direct impact on who spends eternity with Christ and who doesn’t. If that happens, the believer will be just as secure in the arms of our Lord as he was prior to the calamity. And the unbeliever will be just as lost and without hope as he was before the catastrophe. Perhaps some will come to Christ because of their dilemma, and that would be a good thing.
In these latter days, we must be more discerning about more important matters. It is important to know that some of our SSA friends are headed down a road that leads to death. They are living lives which will come to an end without having had any purpose for the Kingdom of God. It is important that we do not participate in helping them believe that God is okay with the way they are living. We are living in a world where fewer and fewer men and women are choosing to believe all that is written in His word.
Personally, I plan to spend more time praying for those I know who are currently believing that lie which comes straight from the pits of hell. I won’t have many opportunities to talk to them about Christ, because most of them no longer remain in communication with me. But I can pray, and I can post bible verses on Facebook. There are some who have not “unfriended” me. What else can you and I do? I don’t know, but I will be asking God to show me, and provide opportunities for me to be more concerned over more important matters. I want to be more like Mary and less like Martha.
Prayer: It’s almost too much, Lord. There are so many areas of life where I am failing at being who You wish me to be. This is only one of many, many areas which expose my shortcomings. Help me, Father, and help all who are reading this. We want to become more like You every day. In regard to today’s thoughts, help us to be more discerning about what matters to involve ourselves in. And, we do pray for our friends who are misguided. Speak to them by Your Holy Spirit; draw them near unto You. Show them the truth, as only Your Spirit can do.