WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And 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.”
Luke 10:40 (ESV)
ANXIETY: COSTLY CONCERNS
When a young woman’s mother’s office got a fax machine, the daughter suggested sending their correspondence by fax instead of using the post office. Although she told her many times that it was a faster and less expensive way to communicate, her mother continued to send her mail by weekly letters. At Christmas, however, her mother showed that she now had a full grasp of the technology. She faxed a $100 bill with the note: “Merry Christmas, Darling. You’re right—it is cheaper to fax than to mail. Love, Mom.”
Anxiety can be costly. In Luke 10, Martha’s anxiety was beginning to cost her in several areas. Mike mentioned in the sermon that it affected her joy, peace, relationship with Mary, and her relationship with Jesus. One author said, “The fact that Martha complained to Jesus about her sister’s lack of help in preparing the meal indicates that her “work,” or “service” had become a burden, lacking in joy and fulfillment. Her hospitality had become a source of anxiety and trouble, distracting her from paying personal attention to the guest of honor, Jesus.” She even accused Jesus of not caring and told Him what He needed to do about it.
How has anxiety cost you? Has it affected your relationship with others? Has it caused you to doubt whether Jesus cares about you? Distractions can make us oblivious to God’s presence and power in our life. Ask God to help you remember who He is and that He cares.
God has given you gifts to serve with. Praise Him for those gifts. But also praise Him for being the one who has given you those gifts.