Friday, June 15, 2018

Luke 10:41 -- On Priorities

"And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:"
Luke 10:41

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were siblings, and some of Jesus' good friends (John 11:5).  They are part of some of the significant events during his life.  In this particular story, Martha invites Christ over, and she is busy serving everyone, but her sister Mary isn't helping her, so she asks him to intercede, and this is part of his response.  After this he goes on to tell her that "one thing is needful" (verse 42), indicating that she might be overly worried about the wrong things.

I think we run into similar issues in our lives quite often, where we are putting the wrong things first.  We, like Martha, get stressed about many things, and feel like we have to make everything work, and control it all.  Christ tells us "seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you." (3 Nephi 13:33; see also Luke 12:31), not because he means that we should quit our jobs and read our scriptures all day, but because we need to switch up our priorities, not only remembering God during our other tasks, but also because we have a tendency to let other things crowd out God.  Ezra Taft Benson explained "When we put God first, all other things fall into their proper place or drop out of our lives."

Today, let's try to worry less about the myriad of things that are on our plates, and make sure we remember God and put him as the first priority of our lives.  As we do, we not only will find more spirit and calm in our lives, but everything else will work better as well.

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