Distracted Hearts Blur Vision
38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details!
42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
As we learned in our last devotional, Martha becomes distracted by her sister and begins to complain to Jesus. In Martha’s heart, she thought Mary’s serving was inferior to her own serving. That’s what rivalry does. It sets a sister up against a sister. It sets the women who have been called to accompany you and fill the purpose of God’s ultimate plan for our lives against you. It causes division. It causes us to move away and isolate from each other.
This spirit of rivalry finds its place in a heart that’s distracted. The first thing that got Martha off track from the call on her life was that she got distracted with what Mary was doing. The part that makes beautiful sense to me is Jesus’s response: “There’s only one thing to be concerned about. Mary has discovered it.”
I find that being unrivaled has everything to do with focus. If you are going to pursue the unrivaled promise and call on your life, you ultimately have to get that promise from God and remain focused on Him. Jesus has to be the goal. He has to be the one that you are running after. You will not find your fulfillment in the unique promise for your life by comparing it to somebody else’s promise.
On the other hand, Mary had her focus on Jesus. This is what Jesus is saying when He says that He will not take that away from her. Her focus is pure. Her focus is in the right place. But Martha had her focus on Mary. When you get your focus on somebody else, you’re going to get distracted from the call of God on your life.
We’ve all been in this predicament. Maybe you are thinking that you have been focusing on what everyone else has been doing. Maybe you have been blaming your husband or kids for not helping you with your calling. Maybe you’ve felt like it’s the leadership you are under who hasn’t noticed or acknowledged the great call of God on your life. I don’t know what that looks like for you. However, getting your eyes back on God and your purpose will help you to accomplish everything that He’s purposed and planned for you to do.
Previously, we learned about John the Baptist. The scripture showed that he knew what he wasn’t and he knew what he was, because he got his call from God. I find that when you get that call from God, you have to discipline yourself to keep your eyes fixed on Him. At any given moment, our eyes can stray to the right or to the left. I want to encourage you today - learn how to discipline your focus. That’s what is going to keep your heart pure. That’s what is going to keep your eyes fixed, and that’s what is going to help you to fulfill the unique call for your life.
Additional Scriptures: Hebrews 12:1-2, Proverbs 4:25, Matthew 6:33
What types of things distract you from what God has called you to do?
How can you practically discipline your focus this week?
Thank You that You have called me to be focused on You. I am grateful that as I focus on You, You will bring everything that I need to accomplish the call on my life. Fix my eyes on You, and help me to know that my call is important and beautiful and powerful. It is not diminished by what the person beside me is doing. Help me to find a full vision from You.
In Jesus’s Name,