Friday,12 February 2021
By: Prathab V
Luke 10: 38-42 (HCSB)
These days, getting distracted is easy. We have too many things to do in a day. Yes, it is an uphill task to stay focused. Perhaps wealth has something to do with distraction. Those who are blessed with wealth can own various appliances, gadgets and devices, which adds to the problem of distraction.
The poor, in my opinion, may be more fortunate. Lacking the means to acquire these appliances, gadgets and electronic devices, all they have to offer is their heart to the Lord during a church service or a prayer meeting.
Through my limited experience in speaking to those who have little wealth, I always leave amazed at the attention span of the audience. Since they have no tablet computers or mobile phones to fiddle with, they either read the Bible or listen intently to what is being spoken. To the poor, all other activities during a church service is a distraction.
When we have little, all we can give is our heart and our time to the Lord.
This leads to an incident recorded in Luke 10. When Jesus visited Martha, her sister Mary sat listening to what Jesus had to say. Martha, on the other hand, was distracted. Complaining to Jesus, Martha beseeched the Lord to get Mary to help her with the chores. Surprisingly, Jesus declined and said lovingly: “ Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has made the right choice, and it will not be taken away from her .” (Luke 10:41-42)
Today, due to the pandemic, we get busy in the church. We want to ensure the virtual church services go well and we want to monitor audience attendance and feedback as well. Many churches are also trying to extend various church ministries to the Internet.
Yes, all these tasks are necessary and important. Like Martha, her work in serving others is very critical. However, we must be careful not to be distracted.
At times, it may be a good idea to take a step back, sit down and listen to the Lord in quiet reflection and meditation. When we are distracted, our judgments and choices can lead to misplaced priorities.
But Mary was different. As Jesus pointed out, Mary made the right choice to listen to Jesus. In a world filled with various forms of distractions, spending time to listen to Jesus is perhaps the most important thing. Rushing to do a task or to fill a need without first talking to Jesus can lead to mistakes. My prayer is that we will not do anything until we meet with Jesus and listen to Him first. Let us not be distracted.
Finally, I am convinced that the sharing of the Gospel should take precedence over all other church matters. This is the real test of a focused church. Let’s focus on the Son and ask Him to help us steer clear of distractions.
Lord, I confess that I had often been distracted. Without intending it, I sometimes rush to do things without consulting You first. Forgive me, Lord. Teach me Your ways so that I may bring glory to Your Name. In Jesus’ name I ask, AMEN.