I love the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42). I think I’m an odd combination of these two women’s character traits. As someone with codependent tendencies, I love to organize, to prepare and plan, to make sure that everyone gets to experience something good out of a trip or a conference or whatever. But I also seem to be able to sit and enjoy once the event arrives––most of the time.
Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest, says: “The great enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but the good which is not good enough. The good is always the enemy of the best.”
This is a truth I learned many years ago. We can be very busy doing good things for God and still not be walking in the best life He has for us. Many good things can squeeze the best things right out of our lives.
I’ve heard it said before and read it again in my current Beth Moore study: “If Satan can’t make us bad, he’ll make us busy.” Ouch!
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by life. Like Martha, I’m distracted. How can I keep a relatively clean house and get regular exercise and do the grocery shopping and pay the bills and maintain relationship with my children and grandchildren and friends and write my books and keep up a blog and … and … and … ? I know you understand. I know you have your own extensive list of to-dos.
But I have learned that my priority must be to first sit at Jesus’ feet. This first before anything else. My relationship with Him is the only truly necessary thing. The rest is good, but my time in His presence, listening to Him, learning from Him, loving Him and allowing Him to love me is necessary for life. It is what’s best.
This morning, I turned on my quiet time worship music and allowed the words of this song from Jesus Culture to just wash over me. I allowed Him to love me as I chose the best over the better or the good. This particular video is rather long. You may not want to watch the whole thing. But I encourage you to take a few minutes to listen and absorb the words, to sit at His feet and allow Him to love on you, too. You won’t be sorry that you did.