Christmas is here and most of us know the Christmas story. I am choosing to write about something a little different. I just recently wrote a message about my experience with this past Thanksgiving Holiday and I feel that God is asking me to share it here.
Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)
At the Home of Martha and Mary
“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.”
I’m definitely a Martha and desire to be more like Mary.
This past Thanksgiving God made it very clear to me that I was too much like Martha. Tasks do need to be accomplished otherwise nothing would get done. It’s when you are the extreme opposite of Mary that it becomes a problem. God showed me that I need to be more like Mary and focus on relationships. I am a definitely a worker bee. That’s not a bad thing but it can be when you allow it to interfere with spending time with Jesus and with people. I missed out on spending time with my Thanksgiving guests which usually never bothers me because I’m the hostess with the mostest. I serve. This year was different.
This year my mom and brother were here visiting. My mom is growing older and I desire to spend more time with her. As usual, with this Thanksgiving celebration, I was focused on the tasks. When my mother left to go home my heart began to ache, I hadn’t spent the time with my her that I had intended on. I had planned on doing a puzzle with her and just chatting. That didn’t happen. As I reflected on the past few days, I found myself grieving over the lost time. I told myself to remember how I felt on this day. I asked my husband to remind me next year should I get caught up in the doing more than the spending of time with people. I know myself and I will need to be reminded. It is a hard habit to break; I have been a Martha all of my life. At this stage of my life, I want to switch roles. Becoming more like Mary is my goal.
Vs. 42….”Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Mary chose what is better by sitting at Jesus’ feet. She desired to spend time with her Lord. Her focus was on her relationship with the Him. She knew that by sitting at His feet and worshipping Him she would experience the love He had for her. She desired to spend time with Him and wanted to know Him more intimately. Spending time with Jesus is not only vital but essential in getting to know Him. It won’t just happen by itself, it takes effort and intention on our part. It means intentionally setting aside the time to be with Him. He longs to spend time with us. Sit at His feet.
God used this scripture and the Thanksgiving event to get my attention. My busyness get’s in the way of not only time spent with loved ones but in my relationship with Him as well. As a result of this Thanksgiving lesson, I told myself that this Christmas would be different. I would not get too busy doing things that I would forget why I Celebrate it. Jesus! It will be a reminder to me to chose what is better, time with my Lord!
As you celebrate Christmas, remember why you are celebrating. We can get so busy with the shopping, the parties and the presents that we actually leave Jesus out of the celebration. Jesus was a gift given to us by God. He is the best gift we could ever have been given. Let’s not leave Him out of this year’s celebration. Worship at the feet of Jesus.
John 3:16-17 (NASB)
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
Our salvation is Jesus’ gift to the world. Let’s not only be thinking about His birth but also be thinking about why He was born on this earth. He was born so that we could have eternal life. He’s no longer a baby in a manger, He’s our Savior.
Make sure to spend some time with Jesus on this Christmas day. He would love it if you did!