Keeping the main thing -- the main thing.
Some time ago, someone wrote a book or something that popularized the title above, so I want to give credit to where credit is due. But the point was: life is about keeping the main thing, the one main thing. Know what are those “main thing” points in your life.
Yeshua said “seek FIRST the kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these other things you worry about will be added to you.” (Paraphrased a bit from Matthew 6:33).
We get into trouble when things that are not the “main thing” get in front of what’s most important. ARE you and I seeking the Kingdom of God FIRST thing, each day? Look for the sermon about Eating your Daily Manna.
In the story of Mary and Martha, two wonderful faith-filled sisters who supported Christ’s ministry, we all have heard about “Martha, Martha.” She was overly concerned with getting dinner ready for everyone and her sister Mary was stuck in the room with the guys listening to Yeshua (the Hebrew name for Jesus).
What did our Master say? How does that apply to us today? Are you and I keeping the main thing, the main thing – day after day?
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I wonder if many of us even have the Main Thing established in our lives. Look at your life. What are the priorities in your life? What are the things you and I have as “must do” items each day? Are we any better than Martha?
Compare spiritual pursuits and time spent on spiritual pursuits compared to the timewe spend on Facebook, video games, movies, twitter and email, time on our smart phone and social media, watching TV. Or even if we’re not doing all that, compare time spent on spiritual pursuits compared to the priority we give to eating, sleeping, working – or even yard work, hobbies, keeping our car spotless, gabbing on the phone or texting, shopping, or just plain “hanging out”. I heard a report that the average 15-30 year old reads and responds to 1,500 texts a month! That’s at least 50 a day! Now add to that, any time we spend actively engaged in downright sinful activities. God forbid.
Are you caught in that trap of seeking and spending time on worthless things – pursuits that won’t bring you eternal life? Are we missing out on building a closer bond with our Savior because the weeds and thorns of life’s distractions are choking the word of God? Do you remember the Parable of the Sower and how some seeds were prevented from growing and bearing fruit because the cares of this life were likened to weeds and thorns choking the word of God? See Matthew 13. Cares of this life can be the worries of this life as well as the pleasures of this life – anything that chokes out God’s word from being productive in us.
“Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the Word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”
“Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.”
Back to Mary and Martha. Notice Yeshua’s words to Martha. She was concerned with MANY things and missed out. Mary was concerned with the ONE thing, the main thing, and she was commended. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to His words. Remember there were no doubt thousands of stories that could have been told about Yeshua, but of all of those, only a few dozen are preserved for us today. This one story was important enough to be among those preserved for eternity – as so many of us, men and women alike, are “Marthas” so much of the time. Including me!
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about MANY things. 42 But ONE thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
If this were spoken today, he’d be mentioning some in the audience who were distracted by their dumb “smart phones” – as they would check for their latest FB notification, or email or twitter – AS Yeshua was speaking. There’s a time and place for social media and smart phones. But there’s a time we should turn them off and focus on the main thing. Let’s MAKE the main thing the main thing in our lives – and then KEEP the main thing the main thing.
Get to bed early enough to get up early enough to once again sit “at Jesus’ feet and hear His word”. Get up early enough to open the Word of God, thank God for this daily time you devote to seeking Him and His Word. And keep the main thing – the main thing.