Sunday, July 13, 2014

A KNOTTY TOGA

ONE OF MY FAVORITE JESUS ENCOUNTERS is found in Luke 10:38-42, where Luke records,


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.”


If I were speaking I might have said it a little more tersely, “Martha, chill-out and don’t get your toga in a knot!” The problem is that too many times I’m the one with my toga in a knot. Things are not going my way. People are not agreeing with my point of view. There’s too much to be done around here than to just be sitting at the Master’s feet. We have WORK to do! But Jesus’ reminder is that we have WORSHIP to do first and that is always the proper order.


It goes like this: prayer then program; worship then work; sitting at the Master’s feet then moving forward for the Kingdom. I realize it seems so un-American to sit and seemingly do nothing, but what we need to realize is that sitting at the feet of Jesus is not doing nothing, in fact as Jesus says to Martha, “…few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Thus, our call to come and join us at the feet of the Master on Sunday nights as we seek His face for His work. I invite you to come and sit with us.

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