WEEK 11

February 9 – February 15

DAILY READINGS

Sunday

Luke 10:38-42

Monday

Luke 11:1-13; Psalm 35:1-8; Proverbs 5:1-2

Tuesday

Luke 11:14-54; Psalm 35:9-17; Proverbs 5:3-5

Wednesday

Luke 12:1-48; Psalm 35:18-28; Proverbs 5:6-8

Thursday

Luke 12:49-59; Luke 13:1-17; Psalm 36:1-12; Proverbs 5:9-11

Friday

Luke 13:18-35; Luke 14:1-24; Psalm 37:1-3; Proverbs 5:12-14

Saturday

Luke 14:25-35; Luke 15:1-10; Psalm 37:4-9; Proverbs 5:15-17

DEVOTIONAL: READ LUKE 10:38-42

In Luke 10, the story of Mary and Martha contrasts two women–their roles and their hearts. At the home of these women, Jesus and His disciples gather for a meal. Martha, the organized, disciplined, and sensible sister, busies herself preparing the meal. Her sister Mary seems to have no concern for the amount of work being done as she sits at the feet of Jesus, listening. Martha grows frustrated and approaches Jesus to address the problem of Mary. Mary has chosen to be near Jesus. She is neither distracted nor concerned with all of the preparations and cooking; she is just being with Jesus.

Jesus lovingly and gently reminds Martha that being with Him is better. Jesus rebukes her worry and distractions, not her hospitality. Nothing about preparing a meal or being hospitable was wrong. It was her worry and distractions that were turning her focus away from the Lord. Martha needed to be reminded that being present with Jesus matters above all distractions.

Mary shows us the appropriate posture of being with Jesus. She is not distracted by what she can offer or bring; she is content in her personal connection with Jesus by being present and listening. Mary chose the thing that can never be taken away from her. Often we let our plans, busyness, distractions, and worry take precedence over spending time with Jesus. We find it difficult to be present and to listen to Him. Being with Jesus and learning from Him has eternal significance for us. It is the good and better thing. May we learn to release our worry and spend time with our loving Savior who delights in spending time with us!

REFLECTION

Do you find it appealing to just be with Jesus? Why or why not?

Do you actually believe that spending time with Jesus is the better option for your life? What does it look like today to consistently spend time with Jesus?

What competes most with you spending time with Jesus? What practical changes can you make today so you can focus on the importance of being with Jesus? Make a list of things you can begin to change to increase opportunities to be with Jesus and listen to Him.

DISCUSSION

How do you keep your life balanced in the busy seasons?

PRAYER

Lord God, help me choose each day to seek what can never be taken from me: time in Your presence, getting to know You, learning from You, and resting in You. Help me set aside the distractions of this world, the racing of my thoughts, and the worries that can so easily consume me. Forgive me when I worry and doubt that You are enough for me. Help me to know that You are in control.

Thank You that You want to spend time with me. How incredible it is that You know every part of me and want to invite me in closer still. Show me more of who You are and help me to trust You.

Let the desire of my life be to love You with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my strength, and with all my mind. You alone are worthy of my attention and my devotion. There is nothing in this world that compares with You. May all my days be spent in pursuit of knowing You better and praising You with all my heart, now and forevermore. Amen.

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