If you are anything like me you have a love hate relationship with technology. One minute whatever devise you are using works, the next you want to throw it out a window. The go-to solution for many technical problems is to hit the power button or reset the device. If things are getting crazy for you, here’s how reset things…
I Had to Reset
This past week at the college was “Reset Days.” The focus was to pause and let God speak into our lives. This got me thinking of how often we do this in ministry. If we are truly honest with ourselves, probably not enough. The busyness of life and ministry can take over and we can neglect the most important aspect of our lives, talking time with Christ.
I found that in youth ministry we spend our time organizing events, preparing sermons or Bible studies, attending meetings, spending time with students, etc. We can get caught up in all that we have to do, which is not bad in itself, but we can neglect what is the most important.
A Reset of Biblical Proportions
The words of Luke 10:38-42 are a perfect example of this:
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Mary and Martha were hosting Jesus and the disciples, and Martha is doing what every good hostess or host does, take care of the guest. She gets upset because her sister is not helping out. Ever been the host/hostess to a large dinner like Christmas or Thanksgiving? It’s a big job. This past year I cooked a whole thanksgiving dinner by myself, and it’s a lot of work!
How to Reset
There was a lot to be done and Martha was doing it all by herself. Mary just sat and listened to Jesus.
This led to Martha’s complaint. Jesus, however, points Martha to what is truly important.
There are some important truths for us to see in this passage.
1) Martha was “distracted by all the preparations that had to be done.”
We are just like Martha sometimes. She felt that what she was doing was for important, and it was. Jesus and His disciples were probably hungry and tired, but Jesus needed to set Martha’s priorities straight. Jesus said that she was more than busy, she was distracted.
Distracted means “to draw or divert the mind from something claiming attention.” How many times do we let things distract us? We can get so caught up in so many different things and we can let these things take priority.
But Martha was serving Jesus. Many of us can be distracted by doing good things (“God’s work”).
The danger is when the work becomes more important than the relationship.
Martha was concerned with the doing and not the hearing, and at that time Jesus knew that she needed to listen and hear what He was saying.
2) “One thing is needed”
Martha needed to learn to give Christ and His word priority. This passage reminds us that only one thing is needed, that is to keep our lives full of God’s presence. We need to spend regular time at the feet of Jesus.
3) “Which will not be taken away”
The relationship we build with Jesus will outlast all the other accomplishments we undertake on this earth. Our relationship with Christ is the one area in our life that needs to be high priority. Not that we don’t need to work hard, but we can never substitute activity for devotion. Without regular time at the feet of Jesus all the works and service will wear you out with distraction.
Hit the Reset Button
Do you need a reset? I think we all reach points in life where we need one. There has been so many times in my life where the busyness of life and ministry has come in-between my relationship with Christ. These can be turning points, where God leads us toward a new beginning. Resets come from these points in our lives – points where we have to decide what is most important to us, what we really believe, and ultimately remember what is needed the most in our lives.