Being with Jesus
Pastor Nathan Hillman, Thomastown Covenant Church, Staples
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 few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
In this story, Martha is distracted, complaining and worried. Jesus gently and lovingly corrects her. Jesus defends Mary because she chose the better, lasting thing. It’s a great example of “good” sometimes being the enemy of the “best.” Martha was doing good - serving and offering hospitality. But those activities paled in comparison with the reason she was created - to be with Jesus, her Maker. Being with our Maker is our most basic task as humans.
One of my pastor friends tells the story of how he became so occupied with growing a church and “working for God” that he was neglecting his own family and his own soul. He became a distracted, complaining and worried person. He finally woke up and rearranged his life to put first things first.
Do you and I have time for Jesus? Do we set aside our other tasks just to be with Him? Let’s commit ourselves to the best - being with Jesus. After all, He gave His life to be with you and me.