We all understand how the things of this world can distract us from our devotion to God. But good things, even our service to God, can make us too busy and distracted, too.
Joshua 11 & 12
Samaritans, servants & busyness
This passage contains two very familiar stories: Jesus’ teaching on the Good Samaritan and the story of Mary and Martha.
25 And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
26 He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?”
27 So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”
This religious lawyer knew what the law said, but he failed to grasp the meaning of it. If we love God we’ll have more than a desire to know the law, but also, to obey it. Obeying it means loving those God places in our paths whether we consider them friends or enemies. It means going out of our way to help others just as the Samaritan did.
In verses 38-42 we meet Martha and her sister Mary.
38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 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.”
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
Martha was blessed with the gift of serving. But Mary, whatever her spiritual gifts, had a great desire to know God and to hear His Word.
Jesus didn’t say serving was wrong. In fact, serving is one of the Holy Spirit inspired gifts to the body of Christ. The problem wasn’t that Martha wanted to serve; the problem Continue reading