It’s the most wonderful time of the year! It’s officially Christmas season. I LOVE CHRISTMAS! LIKE FOR REAL… L – O – V – E! I love decorating, singing Christmas music, drinking hot chocolate, doing fun arts and crafts with my boys, driving around looking at lights, and so much more. I have always loved Christmas. I decorate in mid-November and I am not ashamed of it! Yet it never fails, I eventually fall trap to the busyness of the holiday. My song quickly changes lyrics to become “it’s the most busiest time of the year”.
I am quickly reminded of the story of two sisters: Mary and Martha. Books, sermons, and thousands of blogs have been written about these famous siblings. We find them in Luke 10. Jesus arrives at their home to hang out. Mary quickly finds her spot at the feet of Jesus listening to His teaching while Martha serves and serves. Eventually we find a frustrated Martha asking Jesus if he cares that Mary has done nothing to help her serve. Then she demands that he tell Mary to help her. Martha’s question to Jesus was rhetorical in nature. Of course Jesus must notice that Mary isn’t helping. She is sitting at his feet while Martha works! I can’t even tell you how many times I have been in Martha’s shoes. Probably the same as you. We have all been there.
In our efforts to serve those we love, we forget to focus on the moment. We can easily get swept away in the details. Then the frustration starts to build. We begin to become snappy with those who are important. Martha was there. Her Lord was literally sitting in her living room and she was cranky and overwhelmed. Jesus even acknowledged her behavior by telling her that she was anxious and troubled. Martha and Mary weren’t strangers to Jesus. Mary was the same woman who had previously poured out her oil and anointed the feet of Jesus. These are the same sisters to Lazarus who Jesus later raised from the dead. They were close with Jesus.
The story continues and Jesus tells Martha, “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 10:42). Jesus is reminding Martha that all the things she is concerned with pass away, but Mary’s heart for the things of God is the most important. All of the preparations and serving Jesus and his disciples did not even compete with the opportunity to just sit and listen to Him. Friends I am speaking to myself here… all of the preparations and serving do not even compete with the opportunity to just sit and listen to Christ.
In the midst of the decorating, party planning, Christmas dinner preparations, wrapping presents, going to events, etc. don’t neglect the opportunity to enjoy the most precious gift ever given. Over 2000 years ago a child was born. Not just any child, but the Son of God. His name was Emmanuel. He was the Messiah. The King. His birth ushered in the redemptive work the prophets had been foretelling for hundreds of years. This is the most wonderful time of the year. It’s the time of year to stop and reflect on the gift of Christ. Have you unwrapped that present? If so, have you sat it up on a shelf and neglected it or are you sitting at His feet listening to all that He has to say?
Take a moment to say no. No to the chaos of the holidays. No to another party. No to more decorating. No to more traveling. Whatever the “thing” is that occupies your time, energy, and attention. Whatever makes you anxious and troubles you. Say yes to time with Jesus. Yes to sitting in His presence. Yes to listening to His word. Just say Yes to Him.
Merry Christmas my sweet friends! I pray the beauty of the birth of Christ will weigh heavy upon all of our hearts. I pray that we all find more and more time to sit at His feet this season.