If I were to make a top-ten list of adjectives to describe the age we are living in right now, distracted would definitely make the list. Probably near the top. From the moment we wake up, distractions are lined up vying for our attention.
The word distraction assumes something else that is more deserving of our attention, more urgent, more important, more necessary. So social media scrolling can distract me from the more important and necessary tasks of house chores or my work to-do list. They’re productivity thieves.
But what about when productivity itself is the thief? Not just productivity, but kingdom-productivity. Is that even possible? In our passage this week, Martha is described as “distracted with much serving” and is gently admonished by Jesus for not choosing the one necessary thing.
But Romans 12:11 urges us, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” What could be so necessary that even this kind of serving could be called a distraction?
Jesus tells us in our passage for this Sunday, Luke 10:38-42. Take a moment to read it.
“Mary… sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching (Luke 10:39).”
When we run right past the King to pour ourselves into kingdom service, we’ve missed the most necessary thing. First things first.
This Sunday Rob Lister will be preaching and Walt Harrah will be leading our sung worship. Would you pray for each as they prepare? And let’s ask the Lord to help us keep first things first so that we might then serve the Lord fervently and with great zeal.
See you Sunday, Grace. Let’s sit at the Lord’s feet together and listen to his teaching. Come hungry!
Song Link of the Week
Jesus Strong and Kind by CityAlight