“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, 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 10:38-42
Christmas is one of the busiest seasons of the year, and it does not take long for our calendars to fill up. We get busy about getting the right gift for the person who is hard to shop for, and we look to have everything just right. We are busy with putting up decorations and lights and it seems like the tree and lights go up earlier and earlier. The lights and tree never went up before Thanksgiving but more and more I see lights flickering before the week of Thanksgiving. I love the Christmas season but it seems I sometimes forget the meaning for the season.
The Christmas parties have slowed a bit but it does not take away from the hustle and bustle of the season. We often get occupied and worried with all that we have to do and the food that needs to be prepared. We worry if there will be enough wrapping paper for all the presents, we purchased, and we worry if we will have enough money to purchase all the presents for those on our list. We get burned out on sugar cookies, tamales, ham, and we lose sight of why we are celebrating at all. Family gatherings at times can be stressful, and we forget to cherish the moments we have with loved ones we may not see the next year. Christmas is a time to worship the newborn King and to give thanks for the sending of the beloved Father’s only begotten Son.
Martha was busy working to serve the best meal for a very special guest. I am sure she wanted everything to be perfect, and I am sure she wanted a satisfied guest. I imagine she spent much time planning this event, and there was not a stone that was not unturned. Imagine hosting Jesus for a meal at your place, and you began to understand the stress Martha was under. I am sure Mary wanted things to be perfect as well, but she was too busy spending time with the most important person on planet earth. She cherished the time she spent with Him instead of worrying about the preparations of the day. She knew the time was short, and she cherished every minute she was able to spend with the Master. Martha was troubled about many things just as we are this time of year, but she was not troubled with the most important thing.
Where are you today friend? Are you troubled about with the details of the Christmas season or is your focus on worshipping the King of Kings? Have you let the hustle and bustle of the season take you away from enjoying the most wonderful time of year? Have you become one that gives praise and worship to God or have you become known as the Grinch? May we not be worried with that which is temporal but may our focus be on worshipping “the one thing” that is needful. When we focus on that which is needful our frowns turned upside down, and our focus turns from us to Him. May we use this time to worship the newborn King, and may we not busy about nothing.