Daily Reflections

A Powerful Distractor

October 3, 2020 Betsy Gómez

But Martha was distracted with much serving. —Luke 10:40

In Luke 10, Martha was being diligent and hospitable. She welcomed Jesus into her house and served Him. And Mary, her sister, stopped what she was doing and sat down to listen to Jesus’ teaching.

Mary was sitting at the Lord’s feet paying attention to His teaching, but Martha was doing the opposite. Her attention was being pulled in different ways. She was distracted with much serving.

Serving and doing are powerful distracters. And a distracted heart is extremely dangerous because it makes us vulnerable. It makes us critical and jealous of others. We start to question God’s character and lose the notion of who He is. We lose joy in the task we’re doing because our service is no longer an offering but a means to get God’s approval.

A woman led by distraction is vulnerable to believe all sorts of lies about God, about herself, about others, and about what is really important. Let us come to Jesus instead and listen to His Word because that is the only way we will overcome the lies.

Make it Personal

Have you let serving God distract you from sitting at Jesus’ feet? Evaluate where you’re serving to see if you need to make any changes.