The Most Common Problem in American Christianity is...
Busy-ness. I’m pretty sure it is far and away our biggest issue collectively today. We act as if we have to be extremely busy all the time - why do we put ourselves through this?
I believe we do this in order to feel valuable, recognizable, or significant; none of which are inherently bad or wrong - it’s important to feel these things because God made us to be these things. But when others depend on us or when we want to be depended on, it gives us a sense of security.
However, when Martha became upset with Mary for not helping out to prepare, Jesus responded very differently than, I would think, our value system today in our culture would respond. In fact, I am sure that if I was confronted by someone saying I wasn’t helping enough, I would get my rear in gear; but this isn’t what Jesus told Mary. In fact, it was Martha to whom He responded. In Luke 10:41-42, Jesus says:
“Martha, Martha…you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
What is better, in Jesus’ mind, than good-hearted work? Look at verse 39:
“She[Martha] had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.”
So, according to Jesus, the most important thing is sitting at His feet and listening! I found verse 40 interesting in that it states that “Martha was distracted by the preparations [work].” So, work is a distraction according to the Word.
I’ve been convicted of my own busy-ness recently, which is why I am writing this today. I remember one time talking to a mentor and supervisor of mine and telling him that everything seems worthy of my time but not everything can be done.
One last verse that really hit me the other day I’d love to share with you, and that’s Psalm 39:6 -
Certainly, man walks about like a mere shadow-
Indeed, they frantically rush around in vain, gathering
possessions without knowing who will get them.
My hope is that you would, as I have done, re-evaluate what things are primary to you, and what things are superfluous. The extraneous things can be done by someone else…or, dare I say, not get done in order for those important things to be the best they can be.