But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
It’s Holy Week. Yesterday was Palm Sunday, and at our church, preschoolers witnessed Jesus arriving on a stick figure “donkey” while the adults saw an illustration of Jesus being pressed and poured out for us.
I don’t know what this week looks like at your house, the days between Palm Sunday and Easter. My husband and I are both on staff at our church, and we’re both busy with the logistics of the Christian equivalent of the Super Bowl! We know that more people will be in attendance than at any other time, many of whom have not made a commitment to Christ. Our staff has put a lot of prayer in how to best reach them with the Gospel while we have the chance.
Mulling over the week before it began, I was reminded of the story of Mary and Martha. Mary sat contentedly at Jesus feet while her sister Martha scurried around, making sure everything was perfect. Both felt they were serving the Lord by doing what was most important. But, only one was engaged in a task with eternal significance.
Details can get us distracted whether we have a major role in Easter services or will be simply worshipping with our families. As we all enter this week, I pray that we will not get so hung up on details – whether they are song packs or frills on socks, sermon notes or ham recipes – that we forget the one thing we are here celebrating. Our God made Himself accessible to us, took our sins upon Himself, and gave us victory over the grave!
Take time this week to sit at the Savior’s feet and listen to Him. It’s the one thing He desires – communion with us. Fix your hearts on His sacrifice and let His love be the one thing this week is about for you.