Memory passage for the month of November – Psalm 95
Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Psalm 48:1 & 2
Read a previous post from this passage – “Living Sacrifices”
The Study of Women in the Bible
Mary and Martha
“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, 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)
There was much to get ready for the Lord was coming to dinner. Cleaning the house, buying the food, setting everything out just right. What a busy day it must have been. Everyone was finally there and Martha must have been tired from all the work. In walks Jesus with some men. Martha was busily heating up the last of the food. Her thoughts were occupied by details and other issues. She became irritated at Mary because she wasn’t helping. She was so irritated that she interrupted the Lord by saying “Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me”. What was she thinking? She was so worried about the food and drink that she forgot that she had the bread of life and the spring of living water sitting in front of her. To busy to stop to hear the Word of Life.
Although it is not sin to give details to ‘other matters’, it is sin when it hinders us from our relationship to our Lord. We neglect our time with the Lord because we get up late and don’t make time before work or school. We get to bed late on a Saturday night and are too tired to attend church in the morning. When we are at church, we’re too busy to listen to the sermon because we’re texting or talking or taking care of the baby who should be in the nursery. Remember, the very words of our Lord are being spoken. We spend more money than we have so we are unable to tithe. The list goes on and on. The devil will always put ‘things’ in our lives to keep us away from the Lord.
You will not hear a knock on your door and find Jesus standing there when you open it, because He is already there. His word is in your Bible. His service to Him is in your family. Your conversation to Him is through your prayers.
What is standing between you and Jesus? It was food and drink for Martha. Lets forsake all the other ‘priorities’ and be more like Mary: put Jesus first in our life.
We have nothing to lose, but everything to gain.
Just a thought!!
I John 5:13
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