In the day and age we live there are so many things that are constantly competing for our time. Jobs, family, TV, movies, computers, social media, and relaxation time to name just a few. Even in serving God we can get caught up in working and spending a lot of time doing “things” that we often fail to prioritize the most important things and making the time to do the things that are most important.
Don’t believe me, try just logging into Facebook to “check for any new posts or tags from your friends” and before you even realize it, you will have spent 30 minutes to an hour just scrolling through your news feed. You find this post interesting or that post and that leads to more and more, and before you know it you are swallowed up in the rabbit hole that is Facebook.
Or try this one, go on YouTube and just watch a video of your favorite song. While that one is playing there are a dozen more “suggestions” listed on the side. This jogs your memory and you think, “well, one more won’t hurt”, and before you know it another hour has gone by.
Believe it or not, the same thing can happen even when we are doing things for God. You might be saying to yourself at this moment, “Pastor Darrell, you can’t work too hard for God!” Well, let me correct that thinking!
Do you remember the story in the Bible of Mary and Martha? Mary was worshipping at Jesus feet. She even broke her alabaster box and poured it out on His feet and then dried them with her hair. While she was doing this, Martha came in to complain to Jesus that she was doing all the work while Mary wasn’t helping.
You can read it here, in Luke 10:38-42: “38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”
In verse 40, King James uses the word “cumbered” which comes from the Greek word perispao which is a verb and means, “to be driven about mentally, to be distracted” or “to be over occupied, too busy”. What Jesus was telling Martha is that she had become too busy and was distracted from what was really important. It wasn’t that what Martha was doing wasn’t needful, but rather not what was the most important thing.
My friends, we can become so busy that we don’t have time, or should I say don’t take time, to do that which is the most important. The thing that is most important is spending time in the presence of Jesus. Spending time with Him to get direction for our day and our life. Spending time in the anointing so that we can truly have the power and authority that we need to be victorious.
Don’t mistake what I am saying. We should be busy about the Father’s business and doing all we can for the Kingdom of God. We need to be serving in our local church and supporting the vision of the leadership. We need to be doing things like, mowing the church property, cleaning the church, getting involved in projects that are going on to better serve the communities, etc. Just don’t forget that in all your doing, the most important thing you can, and should, do is to spend time worshipping at the feet Jesus. Spend time in prayer and study of His word to gain wisdom and follow the voice of the Holy Spirit.
When we start making the time for God we will soon find that God not only makes time for us, but He makes time in our day to do the things that He wants us to do! Don’t be distracted but get in God’s presence and get impacted!