Date: Friday, July 18
Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
Verse: One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her. (Luke 10:42)
Busy! I run into so many people who are so busy! From high school students through retirees! There are studies, volunteer opportunities, work, friendships, sports, family obligations, chores, and tons of other things that fill our days. For many of us, time is our most precious commodity. There is none to waste. We long for a day when the busyness will lessen, our days will slow down, and we will have more time. From what I have witnessed though, that day never seems to come.
When Jesus comes to pay a visit to his friends Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, the women respond in very different ways. Mary sits at Jesus’ feet to learn, while Martha runs around trying to be a good hostess. My guess is that most of us reading this relate far better to Martha than to Mary. We have been taught to be productive, to be useful and helpful. Many of us in the same situation would have been running around in the kitchen trying to make everyone else comfortable. Just think of all the times you have entertained and missed the party because you were so busy.
When Martha tries to get Jesus to justify her frustration with her sister, Jesus surprises her by saying “Mary has chosen the better part.” She is taking the time to simply sit at the feet of Jesus and be with him. I came across an expression recently I really like, “Wasting time with Jesus.” Of course that is a misnomer, Mary wasn’t wasting time that day, and neither are we as we do our devotions today, but you know what I mean. Sometimes we may think we could be more productive than we are when we come to sit at Jesus’ feet, but “wasting time with Jesus” is the better part.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for willingness to waste time with me. Amen.
Action: Spend some time doing something you want to do with Jesus — reading, research, prayer, whatever.
Respond: Have you ever missed your own party because you were so busy?
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