Under-Emphasizing That Which is Needed


Mae Hillaker and Lacsey Zumbaugh

Martha welcomed Jesus into her home. She had a sister named Mary who sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His Word (Luke 10:38-39). But, Martha (desiring to become the perfect hostess) became distracted and worried, under-emphasizing the importance of that which was needed (Luke 10:40).

Martha’s intentions were honorable, but in her worried and troubled state, she focused on wrong, unimportant things, dishonoring Jesus’ presence and purpose.

Mary’s focus was on what Jesus had to say. Her concern was to be the perfect disciple.

Like Martha, many Christians today become worried, troubled and distracted with less important things and under-emphasize the importance of that which is really needed, which is Jesus’ presence in our lives.

We must be:

  • Continually renewing our mind in the Word (Romans 12:2)
  • Honoring our marriage partner and vows (Ephesians 5:22-23)
  • Training our children in the ways they should go (Proverbs 22:6)
  • Forgiving one another as God forgives us (Matthew 6:14-15). To forgive is a choice, an act of the will and a decision made to no longer hold offense against another person, to take on the character of the New Man (Colossians 3:12-13).
  • Not forsaking the assembling together, as some do, but exhorting one another, and so much more as we see the day of His return approaching (Hebrews 10:25).

Our focus should be:

  • To walk in wisdom, redeeming the time because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:15-16)
  • Building each other up  in our faith
  • Praying in the Spirit
  • And, walking in love (1 John 4:7-8)

We should be confounding the enemy with praise daily.

–By Mae Hilliker, Deacon, Harvest Barn Church

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