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(16 October 2018)

This morning, I pondered Martha and Mary's story again.

Let's read it: 

As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord's feet, listening to what He taught. 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.' But the Lord said to her, 'My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 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)

Notice what Mary was doing.

She was sitting at the feet of Jesus, listening to what He was teaching.

Jesus wasn't merely making small talk. He wasn't telling Mary about their travels, recounting how He healed some people and fed others.

No, He was teaching.

He was speaking important words that fed her spirit.

He was making the ways of God known to her so she could understand Him more fully.

Martha had the same opportunity. She too could have been spiritually fed, but her focus was on getting everybody physically fed.

We often do what Martha did.

We go to church, fully intending to pay attention to every word the pastor says.

And then our minds wander.

We begin to think about the people coming over for lunch, and everything we still need to do before they arrive.

Or we begin to plan our week.

Or maybe we think about the presentation we have to do on Monday, mentally going over what we want to say.

Distractions are everywhere, and they cause us to lose focus.

We need to be especially watchful for distractions when we are in church or spending time with the Lord in some other way.

I don't think Satan minds us going to church that much, as long as we're not spiritually fed.

He doesn't care that we spend time with the Lord, but he doesn't want us to receive revelation to help us in our daily lives. 

So he will do whatever he can to distract us, so our attention is somewhere other than on God's words.

I've found that taking notes in church helps me to pay attention to what the minister is saying. Maybe it will help you too.

Maybe you've found something else that helps you stay mindful and focused. Do whatever you need to do.

But let's be like Mary.

Focus on the words of the Lord.

Don't allow anything to distract you.

Jesus wants to nourish your spirit and teach you the ways of God so you can know and understand Him more fully.

Don't allow Satan to rob you of an opportunity to sit at the feet of the Lord and listen to Him teach.