Distracted by the Occasion

Cliff Ellison 

The Christmas season is here. People are planning and preparing for the festive occasions that occur each year at this time. At church we have Fall Fest, Thanksgiving and Christmas all within ninety calendar days to prepare for. This does not include all the Sunday Services, daily and weekly ministries and activities that continue to take place during this time. The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year. Preparation would not be possible if it were not for the participation of volunteers who graciously give their time, money and labor to make it happen. It enables the church to reach the un-churched and brings joy and happiness to so many.

When this time of season comes around, it always reminds me of the time when Mary and Martha were preparing for Jesus to visit them. Martha was so busy working and the distraction of the occasion made Martha miss a great opportunity.

"Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:38-40

It is a blessing to serve God. Sometimes it takes commitment and hard work setting up and breaking down, rehearsing and revising. Martha probably was working extra hard to impress Jesus and became frustrated because she didn’t feel that everything was perfect enough for Him. She needed more carrots for the salad and couldn’t find her best place mats. She didn’t have time to talk to Jesus. Martha probably became frustrated because things were not going good while her sister’s attention was all on Jesus… Sitting at His feet.

At times, you my get frustrated and do not know which way to turn this season. But if you take time out, sit down at the feet of Jesus. Talk to Him, look in His Word and see what He has to say. It will help you with your work. It will help you to become better at whatever you are doing. Don’t get too busy and miss the opportunity to spend time with Him. Don’t become distracted by the occasion.


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