“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered,  “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Luke 10:41

We live in a busy world. Everyday, noise and worries fill up our minds and our senses. It certainly happens most during December when everyone is busy celebrating the birth of Jesus and the salvation He brings. Party and gathering hosts will go out on a limb to make sure their guests are taken cared of and served with excellence.  But one sobering thought I ask you to reflect upon:  How many of us will actually spend the day with Jesus? With all the busyness in celebrating this season, we often forget to spend time with the Person we are celebrating. Have you ever celebrated someone’s birthday where the focus is not the celebrant?

It happened to one of Jesus’ followers named Martha. She opened her home for Jesus and His disciples. Of course, Martha will do anything for her visitors, especially now that He who healed the sick and resurrected the dead was coming over. But Martha was distracted. She was so focused on the preparations, that she forgot to send time with her Visitor. Her sister, Mary, however, sat at Jesus’ feet to listen to Him.  She chose to bask in His presence than help Martha with the preparations.

Out of frustration Martha goes to Jesus and asks Him to tell Mary to help her. But Jesus replied:

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Surely Martha was flabbergasted by Jesus’ soft rebuke. What Martha did was not wrong, but she forgot the more important thing.

It happens to the best of us. We are often filled with the worries of life especially with all the preparations this Christmas that we tend to forget to focus on the Reason for the season – Jesus Christ. We are so distracted by the celebrations and the gift-giving that we lose sight of what must be given top priority:  our relationship with our Savior.

This season of celebration, why don’t you spend time with Jesus before doing any preparation? Surrender your worries on what needs to be done and get intimate with the Savior.