One word that has spoken to me much lately is the story about sisters Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-42). Sometimes the two sisters are presented as some kind of ”prototypes” for believers: Some of us are focused on practical things, like Martha, others are more spiritual, like Mary (simply put).
Luke, however, tells that it was Martha who invited Jesus to the home, not, as could have been expected, ”spiritual Mary”, who ended up at the feet of Jesus. The fact that Martha invited him says something about her longing and her heart and is a good reminder that all of us, despite giftings, are called to live by a daily and regular input of Jesus. The Bible, however, says that Martha, unfortunately, ”was distracted by her many preparations”. In other words, she had good intentions, but she allowed something to distract her.
The word ”distraction” comes from the latin ”distrahere”, which means ”to pull apart”. It is easy to be distracted from the best. E-mails, phonecalls, Facebook, things that interrupt us have the ability to distract. The one who wants to focus on Jesus needs to be really alert and determined. Things will always pop up. Maybe Paul had something like this in mind when he wrote: ”But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (italics mine). In other words, watch out for distractions and keep your eyes on Him!