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Lilly Wooten is a young vivacious Christian who loves to tell others of the love of Jesus. She is attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is the daughter of Bartley and Beth Wooten of Beulaville Baptist Church.
Luke 10:38-42 states, “(38) As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. (39) She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. (40) 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!” (41) “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, (42) but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” How does life get so busy? Even as a college student, I find myself with a never-ending to-do list. Although my to-do list may look different than the person next to me, it doesn't make spending time with the Lord any easier when you have added pressure to get things done. Honestly, this week I struggled when it came to personal devotion time with God. It was hard just being still and resting in God. I lacked a sense of worship and did not see my busyness as a gift and opportunity to allow the Lord to shine through me. Instead, it seemed every time I tried to spend time with the Lord my mind would get distracted with my to-do list. Maybe you have been in this same situation or maybe you find yourself distracted all the time. Like Martha in Luke 10:38-42, I was being distracted by all that needed to be done. Jesus was willing to spend time with me but what seems like a harmless decision, I decided to prioritize everything on my growing to-do list over spending time with Him. When Martha became upset with her sister, Mary, for sitting and listening at the feet of Jesus instead of helping with the many preparations Jesus told Martha, , “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.” This week I want to challenge you as I challenge myself to be more like Mary in this passage. Even when we find ourselves acting like Martha, Kia Stephens suggests, “I imagine God is not looking down in disappointment but with an extended hand, offering me an open invitation to come and spend time with Him.” I encourage you to take Jesus’ invitation daily. Prioritize your time, and allow the Word of the Lord to shape you and your busy schedule. Let the time you spend with the Lord be your foundation throughout the day. As Jesus stated, “but few things are needed—or indeed only one.” Remember Jesus’ words the next time you are tempted to put your to-do list over spending time with Him. He is the only thing you need and is deserves our time despite our busyness.
Lilly's thoughts this week...
Pastor David Gasperson of Warsaw Baptist brings us Words of Wisdom this week.
Go with me to a dusty road in what is today Lebanon. Now there is only a handful of disciples with Jesus where once there had been throngs. The masses had followed him partly because they wanted the bread he occasionally provided. Now they have left him, and some want to stone him when he speaks of suffering and bearing a cross.
They have withdrawn from Jewish soil completely and come into Gentile territory - and the disciples are none too happy about it.
At first Jesus ignores her: "I am sent only to the Jews." But she does not go away. The desperate wideness of her eyes and high pitched wail of her voice express the heart of a mother with a terribly sick child. The disciples might have done something themselves - anything - to help her. They remain silent until her constant pleading begins to annoy.
Now the scene becomes like one from West Side Story. Peter speaks up with something like, "Send her away, Jesus. She's really startin' to bug me, man." There is that familiarity with Jesus on the part of the disciples - an attitude of special interest, even control. As though they have a monopoly on the Son of God.
Their impatience with the woman might be interpreted as impatience with Jesus for getting them into this mess - for making waves with the Jews, for leading them into this godforsaken country.
Jesus' conversation with the Greek woman is confusing, to say the least. He who had taught a most lofty understanding of the equality of persons seems only to engage in racial slur: "It's not right to give the children's bread to the little pet dogs under the table."
Unfortunately the gospels don't record the facial expressions or body language - perhaps a glance at the disciples as though to say, "Is this what you want me to say?"
The woman still will not desist: "True, Lord. But even the little pet dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the children's table." Did Jesus look at the disciples with one eyebrow raised as she responded?
Ouch! Crumbs! They remember the abundance on the Galilean hillside where 5000 were fed with little more than crumbs.
Jesus then turns to the woman, who hasn't understood any of this innuendo, only that her daughter is in desperate need and she will do anything to get the Master's attention. Between the lines I hear Jesus' commendation of her for the comment: "Way to go, lady. Well said! Good sermon! I've been trying to get through to these guys for months and you just drove home the truth. Now, even though you are willing to accept crumbs, God doesn't deal in crumbs. Instead, you get the whole loaf. Whatever you want is yours."
And her daughter was healed from that hour.
(Books by David Gasperson are available at Amazon.com. This devotional is from Relate: Book 1 of The Warrior Project and is used with his permission.)