It’s Complicated

Whoever promised that technology would simplify our lives was seriously delusional. We were supposed to have robots to clean our houses, do our laundry, make us cookies, and drive our cars by now. Electronics are high-powered and make us more productive but they are by no means simple; because electronics are inherently complicated. Not only that but, decisions are complicated, elections are complicated, family relationships are complicated, life is complicated. But does it have to be?

Martha was living a complicated life in the 1st century when she encountered truth from Jesus. You see she was doing all the work around the house while her sister Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and clung to Jesus’ every word. Martha tried to get Jesus to correct her, listen to Jesus truth and let it ring true in your spirit now, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Lk. 10:42-43 NKJ)

Truth to Simplify . . .

  1. “One thing is needed” – Sit at Jesus’ feet, clinging to every word. It’s really that simple. Removing obstacles sounds complicated, but the truth of relationship with Jesus is the simplest thing ever and it’s needed.
  2. “Mary has chosen” – We can choose to simplify. Choose to be available for God’s words, listen for His voice, sense His peace, engage with His joy.
  3. “Will not be taken away” – No one can take our relationship with Jesus. They could take our freedoms, money, home, possessions, our Bible, even our family, but no one can ever take us from Jesus.

One suggestion for today to put action to this – take 5 or 10 minutes (time it) and listen for God’s voice. Go through the practice of quieting yourself and putting yourself in His space.

Although we’re still waiting on the robot who will make us cookies, we’re not waiting to simplify our life with God. That “one thing” is available right now.

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