No more school.
I had alphabet soup after my name, and I thought I had closed the book on formal education. Yet I wanted to pursue a Bible certificate. Great opportunities abounded, but my life felt limited. I needed to know the best way to prioritize.
I found the answer in the story of Martha and Mary, two sisters from Bethany who invited Jesus to their home. When He arrived in town with His disciples, Jesus was welcomed by Martha into her home. She immediately started on her number one priority: preparing a big meal. Mary sat down at the feet of Jesus and listened to His every word.
Martha became so disturbed at the injustice of her sister not helping that she interrupted Jesus to get His opinion about the matter. She wanted Jesus to agree with her and tell Mary to get up and help.
With His response to Martha, Jesus chiseled a timeless truth into the bedrock of His gospel. Although Martha was doing something good, Jesus helped her realize there was something more important.
Learning priorities is a difficult task. Every day, we choose to fill our time with chores, daily routines, and great opportunities—many of which we believe are good works of service to God. But if we focus more on activities than on the God we serve, we may miss the treasure He wants us to have—friendship with Him.
Studying for a Bible degree or other great opportunities may not be the best choices in God’s eyes—and may even be distractions from the better plans He has for us. He alone knows our tomorrows.
Take time to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn what’s most important to Him.
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