38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Distractions are obviously from the devil. Anything he can do to pull, wedge, or separate you from God he will try. I have learned to cut out some things that I used to do in order not to be distracted. For an example, I own a small business and for months I was so wrapped up in it. Trying to figure out ways to make more sales and so forth, I was doing my monthly reports from the previous month instead of choosing one day to do it all. Now I have one day to catch up on everything related to the business. I don’t have to worry about how to make more sales, I’m trusting in God to provide for me instead of leaning on my ability, I lean on Him. But I thought I was really doing some good. And then one day I realized my study time and prayer life had diminished quite a bit. Thats when I had to take the Mary approach.
I challenge you this week to ask God everyday to start showing what distracts you. And when He does, simply surrender that task and have Him to help you surrender it daily.
God wants to be your everything but with distractions we may be hurting oursleves by not hearing the Holy Spirit, being pulled back from pursuing God because this certaing task you think couldn’t wait. Time spent with God is time that is never wasted.
Do you have a Martha or Mary approach?
Do you have an excuse to have a certain distraction?