Are You Too Busy For God?
Are you too busy for God?
In this day in age we face a bombardment of things that are COMPETING FOR OUR ATTENTION. Even this blog post link was another example of something that was competing for your attention as you likely scrolled through your Facebook or Twitter feed. Even while creating this blog, I’ve had 6 emails, 2 phone calls, 13 Facebook notifications, 5 Facebook messages,9 Instagram notifications, I’ve gotten up to get a snack, gotten up twice to get a drink of water, and gotten 4 texts.
Does this sound familiar?
This has nothing to do with the 8+ hours a day that most of us work, the commute, the family responsibilities with our spouses, kids, extended family, and constant financial attention that is required to maintain our standards of living. Oh wait, did we forget to work out again?
It seems that nobody has enough time, yet we are all given the same 24 hours in a day. Some of us have been dealt a tougher hand in life, yet 24 hours remain every single day.
Does this sound familiar?
I once heard the quote by Martin Luther, “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer (otherwise I won’t be able to get it all done).”
Martin Luther may have been on to something that Mary discovered long ago in the Luke 10. In this passage Martha was distracted by many things in all of her busyness. Martha runs up to Jesus complaining about Mary. Jesus responds in a way that shocks Martha to the core of her being. Its ripples are still felt in my spirit today. Perhaps they will resonate with you today.
Mary was sitting at Jesus feet. There was work to be done, food to prepare, a home to clean, guests to be hospitable to, and much more. Jesus simply said in verse 42, “One thing is needed. Mary has chosen the best part; it will not be taken away from her."
Mary discovered the most important thing. Martin Luther discovered it centuries later. Perhaps we’ll discover it today.
Being with Jesus is what we need to be busy with. He is the pearl of great price and our exceedingly abundant reward. It all starts and ends with Him. In case you forget in the middle though, He’s there to. We still have to CHOOSE to be with Him though.
I’d compare it to trying to tell someone a story of something that happened to me. They may be saying certain phrases to acknowledge my story, but it’s hard to know if they’re really interested if they are staring at there phone and texting during the conversation. Maybe you’ve had a similar experience? Even though we may be talking, the person still has to CHOOSE to BE WITH US.
My friends, if you list the 100 most important priorities in your life on a piece of paper in order of their importance you would find a pretty exhaustive list about your life. God cares about each of those 100 things on your list and He knows the better way of prioritizing them.
Only one thing is needed. Let’s take our priorities through His presence and see what’s still on our exhaustive lists in life. We’ll get a lot more done and be better off for it. What lasts through the fire, will be purified, and those things will remain.
ONE THING IS NEEDED.
Evangelist Caleb Wampler
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