Today’s Scripture: But one thing is needful and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:42

All too often work can get ahead of worship, and we end up just going through the motions. But, you know what? God doesn’t want our work; He wants our attention. We should never neglect spending time at the feet of Christ. Take Mary of Bethany for example.

Every time we read of Mary, we find her at the feet of Jesus. She was absorbing His words, content just to sit at his feet and learn of Him. Her focus was on Him alone. The meal didn’t matter. What Martha thought of her didn’t matter. Only Jesus mattered. I am sure when some read this story it may seem that Martha had a right to feel neglected because Mary didn’t seem to care. On the contrary, I really think she did. She probably spent days beforehand helping Martha get all the supplies ready and the kitchen cleaned. But, once Jesus was there before her, nothing could detour her focus. She had eternity’s values in view.

We have a sunroom where my wife, Karen, likes to have her time alone with God each morning. She shared with me, “Every time I sit down with my Bible and notebook, I look up and see something that needs to get done. It is so hard for me to be still and keep my mind focused on the Lord.” Even though she wants to be like Mary at the feet of Jesus, the devil is trying to do everything he can to steal her focus.

Ten minutes a day alone with God is great and an hour is amazing, but it is not so much the amount of time that matters. What matters is that you are consistently spending time with the Lord. Like Mary, focus on what is eternal. If you want to be successful in your Christian life, be at the feet of Jesus.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.