As we focus this week on boundaries for life and vision, today we’ll explore what it would look like to have the right priorities in place in our relationship with God. Many of us live as though God has a long list of expectations for us to meet. Today may God’s priorities for us become our own, and may we set the necessary boundaries in place to keep our priorities in the correct order.
“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15:4
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You were created to spend time with God. Just as God’s chief desire is for relationship with you, your chief purpose in life is relationship with him. There is no life apart from him. Scripture says in Acts 17:28, “In him we live and move and have our being.” As we seek to be a people of vision and boundaries, let’s begin by looking at a passage of Scripture in which Jesus tells us the one thing that’s necessary. Luke 10:38-42 says,
Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
If I came up to you and asked you what one thing is necessary, what would your response be? If I even asked you for the one thing Jesus says is necessary, what would your response have been? Jesus destroys my value system with two sentences: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Allow that truth to settle in for a minute. One thing is necessary. One thing is required: to sit at the feet of Jesus. Above everything I could do for him, he wants me to sit at his feet. Above providing for my family or serving my church, he wants me to sit at his feet.
If there is one thing we need to have vision for, it is our relationship with God. Would Jesus say that you are choosing the good portion? Or would he say that you are “anxious and troubled about many things.” Are you spending your time investing in that which Jesus promises you will never be taken away from you? Or are you investing your life in that which won’t have value past your time here.
If there is one thing to set boundaries around, it’s your time spent communing with the Father. I find myself far more concerned about whether or not I show up to work on time than I do to my dedicated time with God. I find myself far more anxious and troubled about my relationship with others than I do about my relationship with Jesus. If it’s really true that only one thing is necessary, we need to fight for that one thing above all else. We need to devote ourselves to sitting at the feet of Jesus above every other pursuit.
It astounds and blesses me beyond words to serve a God who longs for who I am more than what I can do. It stirs my heart to know that more than Jesus wants me to do something for him, he wants me to sit with him. Know today that in everything God is after your heart. He doesn’t need your service. He doesn’t need your money. He doesn’t need anything at all. God can and will accomplish everything he sets out to accomplish. What he’s after is life-giving, unhindered relationship with you.
Spend time today doing the one thing that’s necessary: sitting at the feet of your loving Savior.
1. Meditate on the one thing Jesus says is necessary.
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
2. Do you feel like you’ve chosen the good portion, or does your life feel anxious and troubled? Spend time taking an honest look at your life. Allow the Holy Spirit to illuminate what’s going on in your heart.
“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
3. Take time to set boundaries around spending time alone with God. What encroaches on this crucial time? What often takes the place of meeting with God? Why can it be so difficult to fight for time spent at the feet of Jesus? Journal your responses.
In John 15:4 Jesus says, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” In all we do, God desires that we abide in him. We don’t leave our time alone with God and then go out into the world without him. He isn’t contained to a place or time. His presence is everywhere. Everything we do is an opportunity for relationship with our heavenly Father. He longs to help us do our work effectively with the anointing of the Spirit. He longs to help us love our family and friends. Sitting at the feet of Jesus isn’t a time of the day, it’s a lifestyle. May you abide in God in all that you do today to his glory and your joy.