“Oh, I’m sorry. I got distracted.” Distractions – they are a favorite excuse for not getting a job done. And distractions are everywhere it would seem. Their affect can range from just making a simple mistake to making a deadly one. Distracted driving is a leading cause of automobile accidents – people concentrating on other things when their focus should be on the road. So it would seem that the answer to distractions would be focus. And what we focus on, or in other words, what we make our priority for that moment, is completely within our control. What do we choose to focus on? What is our priority for that moment? Is it arriving safely to our destination or is it reading the text that just came in? Focus is one thing, but focusing on the right thing is another. This is where Martha missed it. She saw the priority as being Jesus’ visit to her home. So what that meant to Martha was cleaning, preparing food, serving, etc. On the other hand, Mary saw the priority as Jesus’ presence in her home. What that meant to Mary was absorbing everything she could while He was with her and everything else can wait. The things that Martha thought were her priority Jesus called distractions. Placing our focus on the wrong thing is distraction and we need to be able to recognize that. And, as we see, it can have adverse affects both in the natural and the spiritual. If your spiritual life isn’t where you would like it, check to see if there are some distractions preventing you from getting to your destination.
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed them into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (NLT)
35 I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible. 1 Corinthians 7:35 (NLT)