MARTHA VS MARY
Dear Jesus, you call us to sit at your feet, listening to what you have to say.
Dear child, consider this:
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 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!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42 NIV
EATING DAILY BREAD
Yes, Lord. You want us to listen to you, faithfully, every day. We need to get our “Daily Bread.” You are the Bread of Life. You fill us with all that we need to sustain us in this earthly journey. We can and do get easily distracted with the “doing” and forget all too often the “being” with you.
Dear child, I want my children, who are called by my name, to be with me. To fellowship with me. To abide in me. My dear one, in John 15:4-5 NIV, I speak about the importance of abiding in me: “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
RESTING IN CHRIST
This passage is a reminder that without my presence, without taking time to rest in me, your efforts may become as fruitless as a branch trying to bear fruit on its own. It is not through your effort, but through remaining in my love that you can truly bear much fruit.
Yes, Jesus. It’s easy to fall into the “Martha mindset”, focusing on tasks and forgetting to simply abide. In Matthew 11:28-30 NIV, you extend an open invitation: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Please inspire all who read this to be motivated to “abide” in you more, than we already do.
FRUIT OF THE VINE
Dear child, you have an open invitation to abide in me, all the time. Not just in your daily quiet time, but throughout the day. Pause frequently, amidst the busyness and burdens of life, to rest in my presence, for in me you will find rest for your soul. Mary understood this. Despite the tasks that needed to be done, she chose to remain at my feet. To those called to lead, worry not that you will bear fruit. But if you don’t abide in me, the fruit you produce will be bitter. My fruit, produced by me, is sweet.
Yes Jesus. That is where we all belong. At your feet. The feet of our precious Savior: You! The Lord of the Universe. Jesus Christ, and author and creator of our soul. Then, and only then, we will bear the sweet fruit of a surrendered heart to you.
EMBRACE THE “MARY MINDSET”
Dear child, embrace the Mary mindset. Yes, tasks are important, but they are not everything. I am calling you to shift your focus from doing to being, from worry to peace, and from self-reliance to reliance on me. Give ALL of you to me. Hold NOTHING back. FULLY surrender. You will never regret that decision. Many other decisions you will regret, but never that one.
PEACE FOR ALL
Remember my child, in Philippians 4:6-7 NIV, I remind you, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Yes, Lord Jesus. We are to sit at your feet. Help me and my sisters and brothers to do just that, not only at the beginning and end of each day, but throughout each and every day.
THE ONE THING
All: What was the “one thing” that Jesus was speaking of in Luke? I believe it is to abide in Christ, with Christ, for Christ, listening to Christ, and if I could add a second thing: Doing what Christ says. But if we don’t do the first thing, we are not able to do the second.
Yes my child, sit at my feet. Listen to my words. Present your worries, your tasks, your distractions to me. Allow my peace, which surpasses all understanding, to fill your heart and mind. For in the midst of all the noise and distractions, there is one thing needed – and that is to abide in me.
Your aspiring servant,
12 June 2023
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