IS CHRISTMAS STRESSING YOU OUT?
"But the Lord answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.'" Luke 10:41-42
Do you feel a big rush at Christmastime? Do you have so much to do, and so little time to get it all done? Many have shopping to do … and parties to attend … and pageants to participate in … and trips to take to visit relatives … and food to prepare … and work to finish up … and more and more to get done before the “Big Day.” If you are not careful, the Christmas rush can steal your joy and peace, making you silently long for it to just be over.
WHAT’S ON YOUR “TO DO” LIST?
Martha of Bethany was a dear lady who loved Jesus, yet she got all worried and bothered in her service for the Lord. She was cooking a meatloaf dinner for Jesus, and she wanted it to be perfect—nothing wrong with that. I can see her in the kitchen, saying to herself, “I’m fixing meatloaf for the Master.” At first, her focus rightly centered on her guest, the Lord Jesus Christ. But slowly and subtly, her focus shifted to the meal she was preparing for Him.
She lost her joy and peace because she got consumed with her meatloaf rather than her Master.
She was mad as a hornet that her sister, Mary, had left the kitchen to sit at the Lord’s feet and listen to His word. She told Jesus to reprimand Mary and get her back to work. (Note: it is never wise to tell Jesus what He ought to do.) Jesus responded to her annoyed request with a gentle rebuke. He told Martha that Mary was in the right, and she was in the wrong.
What was Martha’s problem? Her priorities were not His priorities. Her “to do” list had lots of things on there that Jesus did not deem important. She was worried and bothered because her plate was so full of stuff—stuff the Lord never authorized. Could that be true of you?
The key to a joyous Christmas is to make sure you stop and look at your “to do” list. Is your list crammed full of what you think is important, or what He says is important? Are you worried and bothered about things that really don’t matter that much? Are you focused on the meatloaf, or the Master? Is the main thing still the main thing for you?
Despite what the world may say, Jesus really is the reason for the season. Take time every day to get alone with Him. Sit at His feet in quietness and adoration. Read His Word and talk to Him from your heart. Play some praise music and sing those words of worship back to Him. He inhabits the praises of His people.
You will be amazed at how your stress level will melt away to perfect peace as you keep Christ first and foremost in your Christmas. Remember, He is the Prince of Peace. If you are not experiencing peace right now, it is because the Prince is not reigning in your heart. Follow Mary’s lead and yield to Him today. You will be so glad that you did.
Pastor Jeff Schreve,
From His Heart Ministries
Dr. Jeff Schreve believes that no matter how badly you may have messed up in life, God still loves you and has a wonderful plan just for you. From His Heart provides real truth, love and hope on over 700 radio stations each day, in 182 countries each week on TV, and is always available online. Pastor Jeff takes no income from this ministry. All donations go to furthering the broadcast outreach. As a listener/viewer supported ministry, we thank you for joining with us to help speak the truth in love to a lost and hurting world. Go to www.fromhisheart.org for more information.