WHAT HAS YOUR ATTENTION?



But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).

Do you know that worrying is a form of devotion? It’s a form of worship that should not be ignored. It is so powerful that the Bible says in Proverbs 12:25, “Worry weighs a person down…” And the phrase “weigh down” in the Hebrew means to worship or to prostrate as is done in reverence to a higher power. In other words, worrying can cause you to worship the object of your worries. No wonder the scripture tells us to be anxious for nothing because it can take the place of God in our hearts. When you are worried, you focus all of your inner strength on whatever it is you are worried about; you meditate on it over and over again; it can keep you awake all night long. Such behavior is called devotion.

Many worship their problems and challenges by worrying. They can hardly say five words without referencing something that happened a long time ago that hurt them. They glorify their negative experiences over Christ their Lord and Savior. You hear them say things like, “they said this about me,” or “they did this to me.” Child of God, I thought you said they apologized to you for the wrong they did to you? It’s been two years, why don’t you just let it go?
I’ll tell you what is going on, you are devoted to the hurt and it’s taking the place of Christ in your heart. Even when you pray, it’s all you say. To the point that you have no room for thanksgiving and worship. If you would dedicate the time spent on the hurt to praising God for what He has done in Christ Jesus, your life will produce miracles upon miracles.

Jesus said it best when He said to Martha in Luke 10:41-42, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” In other words, nothing else but your devotion to God matters. Jesus said in Matthew 6:30-33 reading the Message Translation, “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? The Jesus went on to say “…What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. …Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.”

My prayer for you today is that the peace of God will saturate your heart, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Faith Filled Confession:
The Word of God is my inspiration and source for counsel. I will diligently study the Word to gain wisdom and understanding of my purpose, walk, and destiny in God. And as I do, Christ is revealed to my spirit through His Word, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

ONE YEAR READING PLAN: Ezekiel 7-9; Hebrews 10:24-39

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