Romans 12:2 NLT
As we saw in yesterday’s reading, Martha was very busy when Jesus visited. Her intentions were good – she wanted to do everything a good host should do and make Jesus feel welcome. It was a cultural code of conduct for a host to show honour to a guest by offering them hospitality. If a host fell short, it could be considered an insult to the guest. But Martha made these customs a priority over spending time with Jesus.
We can be like Martha in some areas of our lives. For example, we’re very privileged to live in a world that’s so connected, but one of the downsides of this culture is that we can feel pressured to respond immediately to things, and get impatient if someone doesn’t reply to us quickly. We don’t want to miss out on the latest news and messages. But what if we felt just as afraid of missing out on a message that God has for us?
Romans 12:2 says: ‘Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect’ (NLT). It’s a message that can apply to Martha and to us.
To hear and learn from God, we need to slow down and give Him our attention by: 1) Simplifying our lives. Put God first and everything else will follow. 2) Making space for God. If we’re filling our lives with worldly things we won’t have room for God to move. 3) Setting aside time for God. Sometimes He guides us to act in His name, but sometimes all He wants is for us to rest in His presence.