by Abiding Love
Luke 10:38-42 — As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!” “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.”
Do you know what I think is the hardest thing to do? Nothing.
I don’t mean that arrogantly like there is nothing which is hard to do for me. I mean that the hardest thing for me to do is to be still and do nothing. My mind wants to search for a task. My ego tells me that my worth is based only on when I am being productive. He hearts’ anxieties tell me that there is no time to be idle — that if I do nothing the world around me will fall apart.
Every culture has social rules that are to be observed when a visitor arrives. Some people greet visitors with a handshake, others with a hug. Some people offer a drink, while others prepare a whole meal. Martha knew that when an important visitor like Jesus arrived, a bedroom had to be prepared and an appropriate meal had to be on the table at a decent hour. She wanted everything to be just right for her special guest. She got busy doing EVERYTHING she thought she needed to do to be a good host.
What Martha didn’t realize was that Jesus, as the Son of God, was visiting to speak for her benefit. And when God speaks, the social rules change. Many cultural niceties can be observed, but the most important thing when God speaks is to drop everything, be still and listen to what he says. Martha’s sister, Mary, was doing just that, and she was commended.
The Word of God gives rest to everyone who is weary or burdened. God reminds us of His preeminent place in our lives. He corrects the faithless wanderings of our hearts and wraps us in the embrace of his saving grace. He reminds us of his control over all and his fatherly care for us. He points us to our home… not here but in heaven. This and so much more God has to tell us…
If only we would more often drop everything, do nothing, be still, and listen to Him knowing He is our God
One thing’s needful. Lord, this treasure teach me highly to regard. Amen.
Peace in Jesus,
Pastor John Gensmer
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