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.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Have you ever realized how many “goals” we have in society? I mean, almost all of the cute Instagram posts have the comment “#goals” under them. I’ve seen “goals” for relationships, time with God, fitness, eyebrows (?!), and pretty much anything else you can imagine. When someone posts something that looks perfect or beautiful, we all rush to comment “goals,” thinking that if only we did that, had a relationship like that, looked like that, etc., we would be better.
But what if our lives aren’t supposed to look like a Pinterest board?
We’re given the best “goal” and example in Jesus Christ. But how often do we actually study how he lived? I know I’m guilty of skimming those parts of the Word, but we need to press into them as the actual goals for our lives. When I think about how Jesus lived, one sentence keeps popping up in my brain:
Our culture doesn’t really like serving. I mean, sure, if you’re serving orphans in a far-away country with dirt streaked across your face and looking spiritual, we’ll hold it up as the goal. And don’t get me wrong—that is amazing and definitely a beautiful goal. But what about cleaning up after your little brother? What about helping Mom with the dishes, or being kind to that girl nobody really likes? What about cleaning up at work even when nobody’s watching? That sort of service our culture belittles, but that’s the sort of everyday service we should be doing if we’re following Jesus’s example.
One more thought—sometimes “perfection” can get in the way of dwelling in God’s presence. What I mean by that is that sometimes I’ve felt like I have to clean my entire room before I have time with God, and when I do spend that time I need to arrange my Bible and devotional perfectly and take a picture or two of how spiritual I am…all the while missing the actual presence of the Most Holy Lord that’s been with me the whole time.
So today’s challenge for us is two-fold:
1—Spend time in the presence of God. One of the beautiful things about God is that we can come broken or messy or however we are to him. So come. Don’t focus on how perfect it is; focus on how perfect he is.
2—Examine the life of Jesus, and follow in his steps. To be more specific for today, let’s serve. Ask him to give us a way to serve today and the courage to do it. Let’s see how we can be more like the King we serve by serving those he has placed around us today.
Psalm 16:11—“You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Enjoy his joy, fullness, and presence today, my friends!