I’m going to admit something to you.  I am like Martha.  You know the one who always gets a bad rap in the preacher’s story because she tattled to Jesus that her sister Mary wasn’t doing any work.

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 & listened to His teaching.  But Martha was distracted with much serving & 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 & troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary.  Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” {Luke 10:38-42}


That’s my problem.  My heart longs to be the type of person that values my relationship with Jesus so much, that I sit at His feet, eagerly listening for words that will bring me true fulfillment without distraction.  But too often, I just don’t.   There are so many things that assault my focus on Him.  Family, work, friends, even church can blur my focus. 

Let’s be real, we do have responsibilities in this world.  Most of those responsibilities are good and a blessing from God, but we must not let them distract us from Jesus.  This is how the enemy steals our joy.

Just imagine for a moment, the joy Martha had knowing Jesus was coming to her village and that He would be stopping at her house.  There was already a deep relationship between Jesus and Martha, she was part of His “inner circle” of friends, so she would have been thrilled at His imminent visit.  But somewhere between the news of His coming & the time of His coming, distraction set in.  I’m sure when she realized she needed to clean her house & run to the market, stress built up & it turned into anger & then she might’ve yelled at all the people in her house.  {I’m just sayin’} I imagine that by the time Jesus arrived, the tension between the two sisters was already high. 

Martha forgot, in the midst of common hospitality, where her focus was supposed to be. She began to believe the lie that the importance was in the work & not in the relationship.  So she asks Jesus, don’t you even care that my sister is not helping me with all the work?   Martha was so overwhelmed and anxious about ordinary matters, that she actually questions the goodness & character of Jesus. 

Matthew Henry’s commentary on this portion of scripture, says, “The cares which He casts upon us – we may cheerfully cast back upon Him, but not those which we foolishly draw upon ourselves.  He will be the patron of the poor & injured but not of the turbulent & injurious.” 

So how do we keep our focus on Jesus in the midst of life’s responsibilities?

·               Be Grateful ~ we must be thankful for the cares He has given us.   Being thankful for things like our family, friends & job, among others, will keep us focused on Him.  We must, however, not foolishly draw added pressure or distraction on ourselves.  Anxieties, not workload, distract us from Jesus.  We can stay focused on His great love even in the midst of extremely busy days.   This will overflow into joy that shows the world a reflection of Jesus. {1 Thessalonians 5:18, 1 Peter 1:6, James 1:2-4, Romans 12:12}

·               Watch our Words ~ Instead of asking “Jesus, don’t you care”, we need to say, “Jesus I know You care, so show me how to be focused on You in the midst of my life.”  He has promised to help us; we must just be willing to receive his help.  Our words in the middle of stressful times must be chosen carefully.  Careless words during seasons of high stress & anxiety can be hurtful to people we love. {John 1:16, Psalm 46:1, Hebrews 4:15-16, Isaiah 41:10}

·               Evaluate Stress ~ Ask God for guidance to know if what you are stressed about is really an issue that matters.  Sometimes we need to take things off our plate.  Even ‘good’ things might not be right for your season of life.  Evaluate your responsibilities & the affect it is having on you mentally, physically & spiritually.  {Psalm 32:8, James 1:5, Romans 12:2}

Have you taken your distractions to the Father in prayer?  Have you asked Him for guidance to know how to change your focus?

Love, Cara