As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)
Sit And Listen
That does not come naturally to me. What does not come naturally to you? I am not usually one to sit and listen. Why is that? I am always on the go. I am often quite busy. It is often said by some, “I have places to go, things to do and people to see.” That statement describes me. It is also true that I have a long and virtually never ending “to do” list. Will you be happy with all your accomplished “to do” lists when you reach the end of your life. Are your never ending, “to do” lists, leading you to wisely spend your life on what will have been of lasting and eternal value? Are you doing what seems urgent now at the expense of what will ultimately be much more important? Who are you in the passage that you are now considering? Are you like Martha who is frantically busy, consumed by activity, and attending to mundane details that will in the light of all eternity, amount to nothing? Or are you like Mary, who would not miss an opportunity to draw near to me. She has set aside busyness and hurry to sit and listen to me. She wants to receive my instruction. She wants to follow my guidance. She wants to live in an intimate relationship with me. She is listening attentively to me. She wants to go where I guide her. She wants to do what I ask of her. At the end of her life, she will be grateful and thankful that she walked through life with me. She will have born fruit for my kingdom and brought glory to my name because she remained in me and I in her. She will live with no regrets regarding how she has spent her life. She will have invested her life in knowing me so she can go and do my will. Hasn’t she chosen what is far better? What about you? What choice will you make? Will you also choose what is better? Will you set aside a daily time to sit and listen, to be in my presence, to meet with me in prayer? Yes Lord, that is the choice I have and will continue to make. Only you have made me able to sit and listen to you. Only you are helping me to do what has not and does not come naturally to me. I have been and will continue to meet you with daily. It will be my joy to listen attentively to you. I will meet with you in prayer. That will be very good.
Lord, I know if I don’t set aside a daily time and place to meet with you in prayer, it will never happen. Life is busy. Life is distracting and deceptive. The busyness of life will never encourage me to sit and listen to you. Here I am now, speak to me, I’m listening. Amen
Key Question… Why is setting aside time to meet with the Lord critical to developing an intimate relationship with Him?
Living It Out… Choose what is better by setting aside a daily time and place to meet in prayer with the Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will come to know the Lord intimately as you sit and listen to Him.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has guided your life as you have listened to Him.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you sit and listen to the Lord so you can develop an intimate relationship with Him.
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