Luke 10:38-42, Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Psalm 27:4, 8, One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. ..8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Last night, or should I say this morning, was one of those nights. Waking up in the middle of the night, struggling with the “stuff,” or the “clutter” in my life that was racing through my mind. You know the feeling. You’ve been there, done that, I’am sure!
And, I am not just talking about the “bad stuff,” though I have plenty of that too! 😦 I am talking about the “good stuff,” the “good clutter.” You see, by nature, I am a Martha. Ask my wife, she’ll be glad to tell you. My nature tends to continually “fill up” my schedule, my calendar, with lot’s of really “good things,” and in fact, “God things.”
Busyness though has a tendency to lead to barrenness!
The sad thing is we can stay very busy “for God,” at least in the eyes of man, and yet, still be barren in the eyes of God. God’s not looking on what we are doing on the outside, but what is happening, or what we are becoming on the inside!
If you struggle, like me, with being a Mary, it might be time to get back to the basics. Back to seeking and pursuing Christ above all else. It might be time to simplify! As one author noted:
“We simplify, not just to be less busy, even though we may be right to pursue that. Rather, we simplify to remove distractions from our pursuit of Christ. We prune activities from our lives, not only to get organized, but also that our devotion to Christ and service for His kingdom will be more fruitful. We simplify, not merely to save time, but to eliminate hindrances to the time we devote to knowing Christ. All the reasons we simplify should eventually lead us to Jesus Christ.”
Are you like me? Do you have some “clutter” in your life? Do you have some good “clutter,” or things that, at least in the eyes of man appear to be good? Do you have some “clutter” that is keeping you from pursuing Christ and Christ alone as the Treasure of your heart and life?
Martha, it might be time to get out of the kitchen and sit at the feet of Jesus. It might be time to simplify!