Watching my children grow up is a treasured wonder in my home. I have a feeling it may be the same for our Heavenly Father. Now that I am beginning to grow spiritually, it has been fun to notice my changes as a follower of Jesus. Whenever I read the Bible or pray, I think “Man, how could they do that to God?” or “Wow, they were really bold!”
These look-at-what-God-can-do-through-them meditations usually lead to sentences from God that start with “Tanisha, I remember when you…” or “You used to…” and “Let me tell you what you can do.” I’ll be the first to admit that I spend far too little time in prayer and studying the Bible, but whenever I do have a quiet time with God, I draw closer, lean in, and walk away smiling with an assured confident feeling that my Heavenly Father really knows me on a deep, personal level.
How about you?
Do you have a deep desire to grow in your closeness to God? Does your busy day-to-day life make spending time with God feel more like a burden than a blessing? I pray that these 5 suggestions will inspire you to daily reconnect with the one Who came and died so that He could be fully connected back to you.
5 Ways to Be More Like Mary in a Martha World
1. Make worship the goal of your day.
Let your first request each morning be, “Lord teach me to worship you in every part of this day.” By His grace, we can be more sensitive to how God is calling us to respond to each situation with heartfelt worship. Maybe an unplanned sudden burst of prayer or humming a song or a witness to a stranger or a scripture He is drawing you to meditate on or an audible “thank you Jesus” with no concern to who is around.
Make your last question to God, “Lord did I worship You with all of my might today?” Listen for
the ways He reveals of how you fell short and ask Him for grace to respond better tomorrow.
2. Make time with God your top priority.
For me, there is nothing like the feeling of the completion of a to-do lists. God doesn’t want to be a check-off, but He does want to fill us with a sense of accomplishment. He wants to use us. He wants to replenish us, rejuvenate us, reward us, remind us, rewind us, and re-vine us. When we neglect spending time with Him, we are failing to abide in the vine. Learn to resolve to view your encounter-time with God as the greatest grace-filled accomplishment of your day.
3. Make it about quality not quantity.
This summer, I will study 3-5 verses from the book of Romans daily and pray using an app on my phone (PrayerMate) that rotates what I pray for each session. God is teaching me that it is not about how much I read nor how long I pray, but how much I am truly longing for, listening for and being guided by His voice.
4. Make accountability a part of the process.
Your husband, a close friend, your mom, your small group, a mentor, or an on-line group.
There are many avenues you can take to have someone to share with about your prayer life and what you are learning during your time reading the bible. Talking about what God is teaching you is mutually beneficial for you and the listener. We are made for community, so use this God-given need as a motivator and not a yoke.
5. Make sure to major on the Master.
Sadly, I must admit that I do like to give the appearance that I have it all together, but at what expense? When I am making it to the end of many days without bible time and prayer time, I need to hear the Lord’s words to my Martha-like soul, “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)
While Martha dutifully prepared dinner to make things look presentable for Jesus, Mary was unconcerned with the disarray of things and focused on presenting herself fully available to Jesus.
Compliments for cleanest home, most pleasing wife, best parent, always joyful church member, wisest Facebook poster and most likely to look put together must become trophies that become dusty and eventually trashed if we desire to make room for the only lasting fulfillment that cannot be taken from us.
Father, teach us how to be more like Mary and discover what she did. May we be so overcome with that discovery that we fight laundry and sleep to experience it again and again. Teach us to wholly welcome and slavishly serve Jesus with gusto like Martha did while reminding us when enough is enough so that we will be tenderhearted towards God-sent conviction and quick to stop mid-stir and run to sit at the Master’s feet. Amen.