Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
Too often, I find myself becoming a Martha — being distracted by the cares of this world. There are so many responsibilities that we have to fulfill. We have to take care of our homes, keep the children fed and clothed, assist our husbands in whatever way we can. Often that becomes our whole world, our whole focus. The apostle Paul mentions this in his instructions about singleness and marriage. “[The woman] who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband.” (1 Corinthians 7:34) Combine that with our own selfish desires to please ourselves and have things comfortable for “me,” it’s easy to get our eyes off Jesus and onto ourselves and our situation.
We do need to be faithful in the responsibilities that we have been given by God, but we so often lose sight of the fact that this life is not our final goal. Someday, when this world is over, we will be spending eternity with our Savior, worshiping Him, in perfect fellowship with Him and fellow believers.
However, we are put on this earth to serve Christ. How each one does that is different, based upon what God has called you to do and sometimes even your stage of life. Those who are single can serve God without having the distraction of having to meet the needs of husband and family. Those with children (especially young ones!) find themselves serving mostly at home, rearing children for the Lord.
Just because I have to care for the needs of my household doesn’t mean that I can’t have an eternal focus. Why keep a clean house? It pleases the Lord. It gives the family a calm refuge. It welcomes guests. If consistently kept and maintained, it gives freedom to be able to reach out and spend time with others, neighbors and others that God puts in our path to bless and encourage. Rearing children with an eternal view changes how you deal with irritating squabbles and the myriad other issues that kids need to learn as they grow and develop into godly young adults.
I challenge you to be intentional today. Begin (or make the time if your day has already begun!) with time in the Word and prayer. Seek God’s face and wisdom for this day. Find out His marching orders and then go throughout your day, looking for opportunities to serve the Lord.