We live in an extremely fast-paced society. We race to and fro daily attempting to accomplish things on our to do list. This pace can be overwhelming at times. It can also cause us to lose sight of what really matters. As the old adage goes, “We can be so busy doing the work of the Lord that we forget about the Lord of the work”.
There is no doubt that many things we use our time for are worthwhile endeavors. We need to work to make a living. Also, many times there are added responsibilities such as caring for a family or perhaps pursuing a degree. These things are important. However, sometimes we need to pull back the reins and intentionally spend time with the Lord.
Mary and Martha were both busy pursuing godly ambitions. Martha was working diligently to serve. Luke describes her as, “cumbered about much serving” (Luke 10:40). Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus and hear His words. Martha was frustrated with her sister feeling that she was unjustly carrying the weight of the load. Jesus did not condemn Martha for her work, but rather revealed that Mary had chosen what was needful which He described as, “that good part, which would not be taken away from her” (10:42).
It is important for us to realize that our labor is important, but not most important. What is most important is relationship. We need to be still and know that He is God. When we prioritize our time with the Lord, things have a way of falling into place. So today we need to take time to thank the Lord that He is God and we are in the palm of His hand.