The story of Martha and Mary blazed in my mind and heart this morning. Every Christian is familiar with the famous passages in Luke 10:38-42. Where Jesus entered into the village and Martha received Him into her house. She and her sister Mary lived there, and while Martha was busy doing all of the preparations for the houseguests, Mary was sitted by the feet of Jesus. She was taking in His presence and learning and listening to our Savior. And, when Martha approached Jesus in indignation about her sister Mary, stating, “Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42)
It was Mary that had Jesus’ favor, for she wasn’t distracted by the world, or encumbered by her duties. Mary’s highest priority was learning from Jesus. Her sister Martha on the other hand, was distracted from what should have been her most treasured and highest priority…Jesus. Although at that time, it was the women’s role to serve men in that setting. And, so Martha was full of care and extremely troubled by all the household chores and functions she was undertaking. She was irritated by Mary’s actions, ignoring her and not helping. However, when she complained to Jesus, He made her realize that Martha’s focus should be identical to her sisters. Mary’s discipleship, was eternally commendable and the right choice that will never be taken away. Hence the eternal rewards immeasurable.
It’s a hectic world in which we live. Some people have twenty irons in the fire at a time with hardly a chance for a small break. Obligations such as job, family and other constraints stop many idividuals from focusing on God, which is exactly what they need in order to take on the”world” as it were. It’s good times and stressful times that we need God. In other words, ALL THE TIME.
When we divert our attention from God by taking our eyes from Him, trouble will invariably enter into our lives. It’s when we lose focus on Him, and when we stray from His Word our situations can abruptly explode in our faces, causing anything but a peaceful lifestyle. When we let go of our purpose and our focus of God, we can get sucked into self-condemnation, depression, or going off on a pity-pot of woe is me.
God is the GOD you go to…He is our main focus and should remain thus. In Jesus’ own words to Martha, He warned that Mary was doing the right thing, in His eyes. That He shoud in fact be the basis for our life and everything else will fall into place nicely.
When speaking with friends it’s so natural for me to incorporate God into the conversation. Either by a scripture quote, or example…it’s so a part of me that I hardly realize I’m doing it. The Bible, I cannot say it enough…is God’s way of communicating with us today to HELP us. Everything you need to know is in there. The best advice…Godly counsel, it doesn’t get any better than that my brothers and sisters.
Now, consider all of the above and then throw into the mixture getting to know Him personally, His character and attributes. It truly will be a rewarding experience, and the best relationship you’ll ever have in this lifetime, I assure you.
There are many who go to church and read a passage or two, and feel something is missing, yet feel it’s enough,nothing more required of them as Christians. But then, they want to know “why they haven’t been blessed, or feel something more.”
The reason is the disconnection. As Jesus said, “Focus on Him” learn from Him, love Him, worship Him….And, soon the void will be overflowing with His living water in which we’ll thirst no more. And, His word will be written in your heart protecting you and bringing you through life in a rewarding and fruitful way. So rewarding that if anyone says something negative to you, it won’t have a significant impact on your life…because you will be connected to Him in the Spirit and see things on a higher level. Therefore, you’ll put your life’s lessons taught by Christ into play…and with His Spirit abiding in you, no man will or could bring you down.
When you connect with God intimately you’ll know as it’ll be reflective in your actions, your thoughts…and your heart will be bursting with love, bringing peace within your soul. You won’t be vexed or troubled, in its place will be tranquility, an amazing phenomena that cannot be explained until you experience it.
Troubled? Something missing in your life? Sit at His feet and worship Him. Believe in Him fully and bask in His glorious light in which darkness runs from. Connect and refocus your thoughts and action, and before long you will be filled with a higher realm of understanding and a more fulfilling life~
As for me…I will sit at His feet and worship Him always…Amen & Amen
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection and the life, he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die: Believest thou this? (John 11:25-26 KJV)
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever beliveth on me shoul not abide in darkness. (John 13:46 KJV)