Refining Your Focus – Luke 10:38-42

Jesus visited the house of two sisters, Martha and Mary. While He was in their home, Mary sat down at Jesus’ feet and listened to His teaching while Martha was concerned about being a good hostess and was occupied serving her guests. Martha became aggravated that Mary wasn’t helping serve the guests; rather, she was acting like one of the guests sitting there and listening to Jesus. Her aggravation with her sister turned into frustration with Jesus that He didn’t seem to care that Mary was not helping her take care of their guests. Jesus confronted her anxiety by telling Martha that she was troubling herself over less important details while something important was taking place in her home–a classic case of not seeing the forest for the trees! Jesus told Martha that there was really only one important thing to do and Mary had chosen to do it. Receiving the words of eternal life should take precedence over all the other concerns of this life. In fact, don’t we do the same thing as Martha–finding so many “important” things that need to be done that we have excuses not to study the Bible, pray, or go to church. We are so easily distracted by the temporal that we lose sight of the eternal. Let us refine our focus!!

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