Read Luke 10
Focus on verse 40-42
When I was a child I am told I was easily distracted. Now that I have matured and learned how to manage this…oh my, look at that! Have you seen how big the moon is this evening? It is so pretty coming up over the trees…I’m sorry! Where was I? Oh right…about being easily distracted. Okay, maybe I am easily distracted, but I prefer to refer to it as having a broad range of interests.
In today’s reading Jesus visits the home of some sisters, Mary and Martha. As seemed to be the custom, people would gather and Jesus would do what a Rabbi of that day would do, and give a seminar. Apparently he was a captivating teacher, as his classes always seemed to be full. One of the sisters, Mary sat with the others listening to Jesus teach, but her sister seemed to be more focused on making sure the guests were all served. In fact Martha was apparently a little irked that Mary was not doing her share of the serving, and complained about it to Jesus. To her surprise, Jesus did not seem to understand her plight.
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 to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “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.” (v. 40-42)
Martha thought that Jesus was distracting Mary from the important duty of serving the guests that they were hosting. Jesus corrects her pointing out that it is actually Martha who is being distracted from what is most important.
This is what happens when we lose sight of “the main thing”. It can happen on any level of management. It can happen to us as individuals, and it can happen corporately to a church or business. When we lose sight of the main thing, the individual or corporation or whatever it is, begins to go off-track. Jesus makes it clear to Martha that in this case, He is the main thing, the other stuff can wait.