Luke 10 (The Message)
38 As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. 39 She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. 40 But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.” 41 The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing.
As I continue to get older… I mean, “mature”… I’m beginning to realize that things aren’t as big of a deal as they seem. I use to sweat the little things so much that I would lose sleep, my hair, and even my sanity. However, as God continues to take me through a journey of Grace and maturity, my world continues to grow and the things that seemed like a big deal in the past get so much smaller.
I believe a sign of immaturity is going crazy over “nothing!” I’ve heard people say, “well it’s something to me!” …And then I respond with, “but it’s still nothing to God!”
Do you see how Jesus responded to Martha:
A few points from this passage:
1. Don’t allow life/”work” to pull you away from the main thing. Many of us get caught up with those details that seem important now but have little importance on the scale of eternity.
2. Don’t get distracted but “hang on every word” from Jesus. I love this part of the verse: “Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said…” The words of Jesus trumps even the wisest sayings of man.
3. Don’t allow your energy to be poured into things that aren’t essential. I’ve seen people and the church waste too much time on things that the only purpose is “cosmetic” or self-promotion, and to be brutally honest- IT’S A COMPLETE WASTE OF ENERGY.
The story ends with Jesus saying this-
42 “One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
As you mature, let no one take away the one thing, the main course, the ultimate call… Not even yourself. “Don’t get worked up over nothing!”