..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Devotions from the Heart: Distracted


by Pastor Derek Gitsham

Martha, Martha, thou art careful and
troubled about many things: But one
thing is needful, and Mary hath chosen
that good part, which shall not be
taken away from her.” Luke 10:41,42

Life is beset with hindrances and obstacles
to our relationship with Jesus. We are
besieged on every hand by the cares of this
life. Excuses run out of us why we cannot
give ourselves to the Word of God and prayer.

The lovely words to Martha concerning her
sister Mary are straight to the point. One
thing is needful, and Mary has chosen the
good part. Martha was anxious and troubled.
So often fear and anxieties enter in because
we have not made the decision to give
ourselves to the Lord in an ongoing relationship
with Him.

Giving ourselves to the Lord is a choice. We
must make that choice to want Him, desire Him,
and get close to Him, not only for our own
selves, but for His sake, also. The Moffatt
translation reads in the last part of verse 42,
“Mary has chosen the best dish, and she is
not to be dragged away from it.”

In our busy days we are consumed by many
tasks and responsibilities. All are necessary
to a point, but Jesus says, “one thing is needful.”
That means it is essential, a must, lest we be
consumed with things that we cannot shake off.
His Presence in our lives is the only power on
earth that can eradicate the clinging nature of
the world that seeks to latch itself to us and
hinder us in our walk with Him.

Choose life, as Deuteronomy says, choose to be
with Him now.

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