If we have placed Christ first and we’re earnest in that, expect the Enemy to try and disrupt that focus. One of the easiest ways is to get us busy. Think about it. If you’re busy, things that are important with respect to our relationship with Christ will start to slide. It’ll be little by little. We won’t notice at first. Only after things get a good deal further along may we catch on to where we’ve gotten to.
If you want a visual analogy, think about a child you see all the time versus a child you see only once in a while. In the first case, the child is growing and changing, but you probably don’t notice until one day you suddenly do. In the latter case, the change is more noticeable because you’re last mind picture of that child was very different, even if it was only a few months ago.
But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” – Luke 10:40-42, ESV
Mary was consumed with Christ. Martha, on the other hand, was consumed with busyness. And when Martha approached Jesus about how Mary wasn’t involved in Martha’s busyness, she expected support from Jesus. She didn’t get it. Instead, she received a gentle rebuke about how she had choose poorly. Martha had let her busyness get in the way. If folks who were in the physical presence of Jesus could be so affected, then more so we who believe but do not see!
The way to deal with this type of stealthy attack is to be vigilant with respect to our time and our priorities. Our time with our Savior must be protected and treasured. We need to regularly look at our priorities and ensure we’re keeping them appropriately or make a point of adjusting them when we see they are starting to slip. We also should surround ourselves with other believers who can keep an eye on us and who are willing to speak up when they see that we are slipping.
Don’t let busyness take over in this new year. Instead, maintain your priorities and your relationship with Christ by actively guarding both. Take joy in that relationship. Find purpose in it. Be a Mary and not a Martha. If you’re not a Mary, when things get crazy and hectic (and they will), you may find a gentle rebuke instead of a reaffirmation of what you’re doing when you finally make the time to see our Savior in prayer.