In the world we live in today, it is very easy to get so incredibly caught up in all of the demands that culture places on us that we don’t have any time to spend with God.
However, the fact that so many things compete for every person’s time isn’t new to the world. Indeed, in Luke 10:38-42, we see the story of how two people responded to this same problem in two very different ways: As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. …
We see that after Jesus entered the home, He evidently started teaching, and Mary, Martha’s sister, stopped what she was doing and listened to Jesus. It’s important to realize that Mary didn’t know Jesus was coming, and so it certainly wasn’t her plan to stop what she was doing and sit at His feet, listening to Him. However, Mary considered hearing from God so important that she altered her schedule to spend time with God.
… 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!” Here, we see that Martha responded very differently than her sister: she became really busy and caught up in what she was doing — probably preparing a meal, cleaning the house, or something similar.
When Martha complained to Jesus about how Mary was using her time, Jesus responded: “Martha, Martha, … you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
One sister was willing to drop everything in order to hear from God; the other was too busy with everyday life in order to spend time with God. Jesus makes it clear that the way Mary chose to use her time was better.
In your life, you need to be willing to use your time like Mary did. Don’t let little things steal your time away from what’s really important in life. You must realize that there is no lasting value to the “urgent” things many people often allow to interfere with what’s truly important. It would not have mattered if Martha hadn’t cleaned the house that day.
You need to be willing to let your schedule be altered if knowing God better requires it. Don’t be like Martha and get so caught up in life’s distractions that you miss Jesus.
If you don’t feel like you’re getting the love you should get, then maybe you should ask yourself if you’re giving the love you should give.
Too often we look only at what other people are doing for us instead of what we are doing for them. However, the Bible instructs us to look out for the needs of one another, to look for ways to serve others, and to walk in love with each other.
In John 13:34-35, Jesus commands us to love: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Love is so important, because every person needs love. People in the world are hungry for love; they’re looking for a source of real, genuine love. Proverbs 19:22 tells us that What a man desires is unfailing love.
We, as Christians, have an opportunity to give that love, which the world desperately desires. So instead of wondering why you’re not getting the love you should get, decide to give the love you should give.