The Art of Listening

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 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 10:38-42 (NLT)

Martha has the Son of God come to her house for a visit and she couldn’t be bothered because she had everything else on her mind. She had to make sure the food was prepared, she had to make sure the house wasn’t a mess, she had to make sure that everything was just perfect. All the while, she was missing a one on one with the most important man in history.

Doesn’t this sound a lot like our lives? We are so busy, we have so many other things to do. We can’t just sit and listen to God! We’ve got stuff to do and we always have places to be. We have so much consuming our every minute, then we get angry with God when we feel like there’s no direction for our life.

We’re taking that role of Martha sometimes when we tend to concentrate on all the things that don’t matter. We give so little time to sitting still with God, and we find ourselves dissatisfied with our relationship with God. Not being able to hear the voice of God in our life can make us ineffective as Christians. How can we impact others when we’re disconnected with the source?

Take time today to sit still and listen to God today. Drown out the things that will inevitably distract you, and get back to listening to the one who first loved us.

This excerpt was taken from the message, “The Art of Listening” from March 3, 2011 at Collision Coffee House. Join us every Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. for our weekly Collision Coffee House service.
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    • Ryan Gutowski
    • Husband, Dad, artist and lover of the hot wing. Ryan and his wife Erin founded Collision in 2008 as a ministry for twentysomethings who felt left behind by the church. You can reach him at

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