Intimacy vs Success
Luke 10:38-42 contains a valuable lesson on the importance of intimacy and relationships. In our success-oriented culture, the tendency to evaluate ourselves based on what we have accomplished is common. To-do lists, planners, goal sheets and other tools are enlisted to make sure we get things done. When we take a close look at what took place during Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary, we will learn a few important truths.
In the scene, Jesus takes time to visit the home, spending time in intimate fellowship with two women. That itself is striking for the culture of the time. He is teaching. Martha is distracted with preparations. She is busy, doing a good thing. Trying to get something done. And she calls out her sister for not helping. It’s as if she wants the teacher to acknowledge her activity. Hey, see I am busy at work. When Jesus responds that Martha is “worried and upset about many things” we learn an important first truth: success is not the ultimate.
Mary, however, has chosen intimacy over success. She is seated at the feet of Jesus listening to His teaching. She is wisely making the most of Jesus’ visit. When Jesus says, “… one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her,” we learn a second important truth: intimacy is better than success.
God is seeking an intimate relationship with each us. Have you considered, that Christ died for us? For me? For you? It is a personal overture made to bring each of us into a relationship.
Here are three applications from the message. First, carve out time with God. Don’t fall prey to "crowded loneliness." This happens when your life is full of people but your cup is empty because you haven’t spent time alone with God.
Second, spend time with people who love Jesus. Consider getting together with another church member besides Sundays. Remember this quote: “You will be the exact same person five years from now as you are today except for these two factors—the books you read and the people you put in your life!"
Third, let the love of Jesus be your ultimate motivation. He died on the cross out of love for you! And He calls us to be compelled by His love (2 Cor. 5:14).
Our latest message was delivered by a guest speaker, Chris Mucci, who serves the student athletes at Meredith College, North Carolina State University, and Shaw University through Athletes in Action. You can read more about Chris and his wife, Wendy, and AIA at http://www.give.cru.org/0783735/.