People who missed a great opportunity to learn

When we compare what we had years ago with what we have today, it seems another life, a totally different one. Many of you who are reading this text will remember the typewriter and going to the library to get information that you needed. Today the typewriter is replaced by the computer keyboard, and the library by Google search. I still have many books on the shelves, but I have more books in my computer than I have on my bookshelves. Learning has changed.

Today we do not have any more excuses for not learning. The information is at our fingertips. Just a few clicks away we can find anything that we want to know. Of course, we need to be careful, where we go, what we read, but if we are patient we can find the right answer that we are looking for. Our biggest challenge is that we expect immediate gratification. We want things right now, we do not have time or we do not want to expend time looking for the information. It seems that we are in a rush all the time.

Another thing that works against us is the fast pace of the Internet. We not only have a great amount of information available to us, but this information is in high velocity. Everything is in high speed. We do not have time to absorb everything that we see and read. Before we have time to think about it we already have changed to the next page or website.

In the Gospel of Luke chapter 10 verses 38-42, we find a very interesting story of two sisters, Martha and Mary. Martha, probably the older sister, opened her home to Jesus. Jesus came and as it was His custom, He sat and started to talk and teach. Mary, the youngest sister, stopped everything that she was doing and sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He was saying.

I do not need to tell you that Martha became very upset with her younger sister and asked Jesus to do something. This is the answer that Jesus gave to her: “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42.”

Martha with her hyper activism could not distinguish what was important and what was not. She just missed a tremendous opportunity to learn from Jesus Himself. Her priorities were totally messed up. Sometimes we are running from one place to the other. We are clicking and accessing one webpage after the other and we do not have time to let the teaching sink in. Before the lesson can transform us, we change the channel, or move away from the page where we are.

This is what I call “Martha’s syndrome”. People are just too busy to learn, to meditate, and to absorb what Jesus is saying. They do not have time to sit down at the Lord’s feet and listen.

When was the last time that you separated a moment to find a quiet place, to calm down, to open your Bible, to read, and meditate slowly about its message? The Bible is no longer a big and awkward book to carry wherever we go. Nowadays you can have the Bible right in your cell phones or tablets. Are you like Martha, missing a great opportunity to learn from Jesus?

Have a blessed week,

Pastor Lucas

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