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Words of Wisdom #1

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part,
which shall not be taken away from her.”
 

Luke 10:41-42

 

All of us can relate to the dilemma that plagued Martha. She was preparing a special meal for the Lord Jesus Christ. She wanted to bless the Lord with a memorable evening and a sumptuous meal. She began by operating in the Spirit, desiring to honor and serve her Lord out of a heart of dedication and love. But in the heat of the moment, she stepped into the flesh, becoming irritated and distracted by all the urgent demands of the moment. You can relate, can’t you?  I certainly can. 

 

Martha’s original intention was sincere, but what she became in the Spirit she ended in the flesh. The Scripture teaches that the flesh profits nothing (John 6:63)  The Lord Jesus gently rebuked her saying, “You are worried and bothered about so many things.” Ladies, we are too. We are encumbered by so many demands and responsibilities like laundry, meal planning and preparation, housework, packing lunches, helping with homework, driving, driving, and more driving, sports activities, church activities, counseling your children, instructing them, encouraging them, etc. Need I go on? 

 

As women of God, we need to learn the lesson that Martha needed.  Only a few things are necessary and really only one. Like Martha, we need to learn the lesson that Mary had already learned. The only thing that really matters is what we do with Jesus! 

 

Jesus was not suggesting to Martha (or to us) that she was to sit at His feet and worship and commune with Him twenty-four hours a day. He was not telling her to stop serving Him either. The life of a Christian is to be a life of sacrifice and service. From the moment of conversion we are to be His servants. However, Jesus rebuked her for attempting to serve Him in the energy of the flesh, instead of the power of the Spirit.  

 

Mary knew the secret of abiding in Jesus. It is not literally sitting at His feet day and night, but abiding in Him in our spirits throughout the day, communing with Him in unbroken fellowship. Our daily life is to be lived out of the overflow of our devotional life.  Spend time with Him each day, in His Word, in prayer, in meditation, and then leave your prayer closet and live the rest of the day in unending fellowship with Him. When you fall into sin, quickly confess, repent, and continue on in communion with Him whether you are rocking a baby, shopping for groceries, or doing your banking.  As you go through the day you can meditate and reflect on what you learned during your quiet time. That is the secret to abiding in Christ. That is the secret Mary knew. She was sitting at His feet fellowshipping with Him while her sister Martha was having a little fit in the kitchen, distracted, worried, and bothered about so many things.

 

Abiding in Christ means to live in His presence. It does not mean physically sitting with our Bible open (that would be impossible), but going through your day spiritually connected with Him. That is the secret to the victorious Christian life, the good part, which shall not be taken away.

 

Martha made the mistake of being encumbered with many things. Too often we are burdened with a chaotic schedule and a demanding lifestyle that we have created.  We cram too many activities in for our children (ever hear of the “hurried child” syndrome”?) and fail to realize that each activity for them involves our time as well. We are often loaded down with possessions that somehow begin to posses us.  Consider paring down your possessions, your schedule, your children’s activities, and your lifestyle. Remember, only a few things are necessary.

 

Jesus Christ has come to give us life, and not just life, but abundant life. Don’t miss His blessings by crowding your life with all manner of things and activities that are not His will for your life. Only a few things are necessary, (and) really only one.  Choose the good part that will not be taken away but will render you eternal reward.

 

Hallelujah! What a Savior!


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