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One Reason You May Be So Busy


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.” Luke 10:38-42 (NIV)


Jesus said, ‘Few things are needed.’ That is worth pausing and considering for a minute.


How often have I had to remind myself of this truth?


Martha did well to open her home to Jesus. It was commendable. But what she did next is the trap that I fall into so often.


Jesus agrees to the offer, ‘Yes, I will stay at your house. Thank you.’ Then off Martha ran to work through her sizeable task list. Hosting Jesus was a large project that required many things to be done. Things that Jesus didn’t need.


It is true, God has kindly given us good works to do (Ephesians 2:10). It’s kind, because God doesn’t need anything from us (Acts 17:25), but he graciously allows us to work alongside him.

But in our efforts, we forget the simple truth Jesus tells Martha. Few things are needed, actually only one. ‘Let me enrapture you. Let my words and my person captivate you. In this way, you can do what matters.’


Are you busy, exhausted with doing the work of God? So exhausted you have little time to spend with him? It might be time to recalibrate. What have you taken on that Jesus doesn’t need? Good intentions won’t compensate for missing the most important thing. If you’re not doing the one thing, then what is it all worth anyway?