Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' Feet and heard His Word. 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.'
And Jesus answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.'
Even before I was a Christian, I was a Martha: trying to do a good job, but distracted with much serving. I was worried and troubled about many things. I was frustrated by others who didn't do what I perceived to be their fair share of the work. 'If Satan can't make you bad, he'll make you busy' (Adrian Rogers).
I followed my super-busy mom into a super-busy career as a talent developer. But my dad was more laid back, and he loved football. I loved him, so I learned to love it, too.
Consider this football game: It's the final quarter and you're down by six. The opposing team has possession of the ball. With three minutes to play, it's third and goal. Their quarterback fumbles. Both teams dive for the ball, but you gain possession. The good news? You've got the ball. The bad news? You have 99 yards to go.
However, your quarterback is a clutch player who leads a talented team. But with all the noise, they can hardly hear him. They get distracted and begin to consider their own action plans. So the first three plays don't succeed. Time is lost, and the ball is not moving. The coach calls a timeout to reunite the team.
They listen eagerly, and the play begins. On fourth and ten, the quarterback goes long. His receiver connects and races to the goal. His team unites behind him--blocking every attack, and the game is won.
So goes the story of Mary, Martha and Jesus. So goes the story of our 21st century Earth. Are we in the final quarter with three minutes left to play? Are we listening to our Quarterback (a.k.a. Jesus), or are we confused by the noise from the stands? Are we showing the world a united and determined team?
Even though God and his saints know the outcome of this Super Bowl, would our team score more goals (a.k.a. souls) if the demons were blown away by our offensive maneuvers?
When Christians become distracted with lives, thoughts and plans other than His Life, His Thoughts and His Plans, we not only lose ground, we lose witness. Maybe this season of play is more important than we know. Maybe we need to take that Quarterback huddle (a.k.a. prayer closet) more seriously than we do.
Maybe we need to study the Play Book (a.k.a. The Bible) more often than we do. Maybe we need to submit to our Coach (a.k.a. God) more fully than we do--and live our lives off the field in ways that prepare us to fight.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.