Distractions | Bayli Webb
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
“Our attention often runs to what’s important to us. So distraction can reveal what we love.” This is what happens when we are regularly distracted by something and we should be more aware of that “something”. We see this happen to Martha in Luke 10:41-42 “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Martha was busy in the kitchen while Jesus taught in her home. Martha complained that her sister, Mary, wasn’t helping because she was sitting at Jesus’s feet. Martha was distracted from Jesus. By what? By serving her guests. Why? Because she was anxious. “Distraction is shifting our attention from something great of importance to something of lesser importance.” Becoming conditioned to distractions is a spiritual danger, an evil from which we need God’s deliverance (Matthew 6:13) this can harm us from prayer, thinking carefully and being still. A dangerous problem in distractions is being distracted from God, “our tendency to shift our attention orientation from the greatest Object in existence to countless lesser ones. The Bible calls this idolatry.” We need to set our priorities on Jesus and spend time with him, to seek full devotion to God. Ask yourself what is the real distraction here? what are you seeking? ask God to help show you your heart like Martha, sometimes we think we are doing right by the Lord but our values can be disordered.