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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, July 31, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
Mary and Martha both loved Jesus. On this occasion they were both serving him. But Martha thought Mary’s style of serving was inferior to hers. She didn’t realize that in her desire to serve, she was actually neglecting her guest. Are you so busy doing things for Jesus that you’re not spending any time with him? Don’t let your service become self-serving.
Jesus did not blame Martha for being concerned about household chores. He was only asking her to set priorities. It is possible for service to Christ to degenerate into mere busywork that is totally devoid of devotion to God. (NLT)
Luke 10:38-42 – As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was worrying over the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are so upset over all these details! There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it–and I won’t take it away from her.”
The Lord [said,] “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things. One thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the better part. It won’t be taken away from her.” — Luke 10:41-42 (CEB)
David W. Poe (Missouri) titled his story “DEALING WITH DISTRACTIONS;” here is David’s story:
“Lately I’ve been finding myself bombarded by emails, text messages, calendar reminders, and Facebook requests. I thought the smartphone was supposed to make my life more manageable or at least more fun to manage. But the more often I use my phone, the less I can enjoy face-to-face conversations. I find myself answering emails while I’m eating lunch. I used to gaze at the rose bushes and the sunflowers that grow on my property. Now I stare at a four-inch screen so that I can be even more efficient at work. If I have some free time, I use it to schedule more reminders of things to do or I flip through countless apps. I am more distracted than Martha. At least she spent her time preparing to serve a meal for Jesus. What excuse can I offer?
“I need to hear the story of Mary and Martha. I need to slow down, to listen, and to focus on Jesus. Worrying has no reward in heaven. Rushing to get everything done keeps me from building life-restoring relationships. Mary had the right idea. Putting everything on hold to be with Jesus is ‘the better part.'”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will slow down and listen for a word from God.
Prayer: Patient God, teach us how to focus on you so that we listen more and worry less. Amen.
Prayer Focus: WORKAHOLICS
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