If you were to reduce life to only one thing what would that be? One’s profession, degrees, position in a company, money? How do you define life? What is your life metaphor? Life is really about relationships. We were created for relationships. We are relational beings.
Some people, even Christians, find it a strange idea to fall in love with God. They would rather view God as their provider, protector, a Holy God, great and awesome but not a friend. Of course these other attributes of God are all true, but God has primarily revealed Himself to us as a God of relationship.
What makes the two sisters different in this story in Luke 10:38-42? Mary was unbothered, concentrating, listening to the Words of the Jesus, but on the other hand Martha was distracted, bothered and complaining about her work and other people. Why? Mary sat at the feet of Jesus listening to what he said, but Martha was distracted by all the serving. But wait a minute: What was Martha distracted from? What was she supposed to be doing?
Distractions cause us to lose our focus or attention – our passion. What are the things do you find distracting you from having a meaningful relationship with God? Someone defined relationship as T-I-M-E – TIME. Relationships require time. We devote enormous amounts of time to things or people we like most – just think about it: how much time do you spend watching your favorite TV shows, playing your favorite games, updating your status and reading other people’s updates on Facebook!
What are you passionate about? Does the notion of being in love with Jesus excite you? Is being in God’s presence, in his embrace; like Mary, sitting at His feet listening to him, your greatest passion? Do you have special time for your best friend, Jesus? Remember relationship is all about time; quality time. And the time needs to be prime time – time when you are most alert.
Friends, all the things we do in this world will come to an end, even great ministries. There is only one thing that will endure through eternity and that is our relationship with God – our fellowship with Him. We will forever be in His presence. I want to make God’s presence my greatest passion this week and this month and for the rest of my life. How are you going to make God’s presence your passion? My prayer is that your passion will be for the only ONE; your BEST LOVER – Jesus Christ. God bless you.