15th September 2019

A Present Life

“I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.”
John 15:15 (NRSV UK)

“Running around like a chicken with its head cut off”? The phrase simply means being busy, frenzied and in a distracted state. We can all relate to the busy life. The default answer to, “How are you?” has become “Busy!” or “Crazy busy!” Many of us seem to be sprinting from one task to the next to the point where we can’t seem to find time to rest, relax and recharge.

The bad news is busyness is what gets in the way of good relationship with God and with each other. The good news is busyness is a choice. There is a wonderful story in the book of Luke which illustrates this: “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:38-42).

I like how Jesus gently redirected the harried, distracted and worried Martha. We don’t know if Martha was preparing an elaborate meal, or if it was a combination of preparing the meal and a host of other things which were keeping her busy. What we do know is her busyness was preventing her from spending time with Jesus. When she complained, Jesus firmly suggested she refocus. Sometimes we all need to refocus. We can be so busy doing things for Jesus, we neglect enjoying his presence. Relationship with Jesus should be our priority, and this was the point Jesus was making. “Mary has chosen the better part,” he said. In other words, Mary put relationship over tasks, and relationship is the thing that cannot be taken away. There will always be something that needs to be done. But how often do we emphasise the things we believe we have to do, rather than on the people we are doing them for? God built us for relationship—with him and with each other. Mary seemed to understand this. I hope we do as well.

Gracious Father, our call is one of relationship with you, the Great God of the Universe, and your son, Jesus Christ. Still, for that reality, we need your help to remember. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Presented by Greg Williams

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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