Slavery to activity

Soul Snack 3/12 ... Slavery to activity

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.” (Lk 10:38-42)

I find these verses add both a power and a healthy distraction to my daily life. These verses mercifully rob me of slavery to activity.

While the world both commands and commends me for my activity, Jesus disarmingly honors my attention.

Martha had opened her home to Jesus but her heart was still miles from Him. When Jesus strode through her doorway Martha bolted to the kitchen. In Jesus presence Martha chose absence. Martha was consumed by jobs and not Jesus.

When Jesus strode through the doorway Mary bolted un-distracted to His feet.

Was Mary the first person to ever receive human approval without working for it?

Jesus will never deny anyone who wants to be in His presence - He honors those who will sit at His feet, this is the only thing that is ever NEEDED.

Being busy for the Lord is not being busy with the Lord.

Today's Soul Snippet:

Jesus desires my heart before He desires my hands.