Monday, January 9, 2012

He Must Increase-Day 9

I was retelling the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10) yesterday in church. Jesus is at the home of these two faithful sisters conducting some type of teaching session. You can imagine that his participants were delighted to be part of the Rabbi's own small group!

Martha has been fixing dinner for the guests, cooking cleaning, and getting everything ready. Mary is sitting down with the group listening to what Jesus has to say. She's part of the fellowship that day and seems to be disconnected from what Martha is doing in the kitchen. She's isn't concerned with that. But Martha is very concerned. In fact, she's been building a case against Mary while she's stirs the lentil soup. She's pounding the flat bread dough picturing her little sisters face! Her temper is rising, her annoyance is building, and finally she snaps. She walks right into that small group, puts a hand on her hip, and says this: “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” Party foul! Martha just caused a scene by calling her sister out in front of all these guests.

Jesus replies gently, "My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her." That's it. End of the story. No explanation, no application, just a short and direct answer. But his statement begs the question, "what is the one thing?"

It wasn't the small group. It wasn't Bible study. It don't think it was even salvation. The one thing that Mary found was Jesus. She was spending time with Jesus. She was in a right relationship with Jesus. She let the cooking and the dishes fall to the wayside to get that time with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

So are you Martha who missed some quality time with Jesus while letting the "details" bog you down? Or, are you Mary? The one who found the one thing worth being concerned about? And if you aren't sure how to answer, or who to be...remember, He must increase.

Read the Bible in One Year Plan: Genesis 28-29


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