“My sister was running around the house like a madwoman. She kept pestering me about how perfect the house needed to be. She didn’t want one area to look out of place. As she shuffled about, I was in my room looking for my finest perfume. He was coming today. Our Master, the one called Jesus. Inside, I was jumping for joy. My heart was leaping, knowing He was going to be here. Martha barked my name, saying that he had arrived. I grabbed my alabaster jar, the most expensive thing I owned, and made my way to Jesus. His brown eyes smiled at me. I gestured for him to sit down and remove His sandals. I opened the jar, and a sweet, fragrant aroma flowed out. I poured some over His feet, massaging it in. Then, I wiped His feet dry with my hair. It was the purest form of worship I could give this Savior who had changed my life, along with so many others.”
As Jesus and the disciples continued on their journey, they came to a village where a woman welcomed Jesus into her home. Her name was Martha and she had a sister named Mary. Mary sat down attentively before the Master, absorbing every revelation he shared. But Martha became exasperated by finishing the numerous household chores in preparation for her guests, so she interrupted Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t you think it’s unfair that my sister left me to do all the work by myself? You should tell her to get up and help me.”
The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? Are they really that important? Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”
Luke 10:38-42 The Passion Translation TPT
Do you always give your best to Jesus? We have so much going on in life that most days, it’s easy to get super distracted and miss connecting with Jesus at all. Even in worship, it’s easy for our minds to wander and not focus on the One who gave us everything. Distraction is one of the Enemy’s most effective tools that he uses to keep us from having intimate moments with our Savior. He knows that in those intimate moments, change takes place. As we become more Christ-like, we become a powerful force against the enemy and our purpose is strengthened. In moments of worship, take time to clear your mind and focus on who Jesus really is, and the sacrifice He made. Let the words travel from your mind to your heart, and give Jesus a sweet, fragrance of worship that is pleasing to Him.
Help me to focus on You completely. Like Mary in Luke 10, help me to put You before anything else in my life. The sweet fragrance of my worship is what you want. I make a choice today to place You first in my life. Above life’s distractions, beyond my worries and superseding my selfish desires. I choose to worship you. Amen.