First Things

We come now to another incident in Scripture, the story of Martha and Mary.  It is a classic in every sense of the word.
Here is how it went down.  Jesus comes to Bethany and he stays at Martha and Mary’s house.  It is a big deal!  Martha seems to be the leader of the two.  She works hard to get things in order:  sweep the house, wash dishes, change linens, and prepare food.  We can imagine this is what she was doing.  Undoubtedly, she asked Mary for help.  Mary declined and chose to spend time with Jesus.
Through this situation, Martha crashed.  Judging by the words of our Lord, she crashed because of her misplaced priorities.  The symptoms of this unhealthy situation were clear enough:  frustration, blaming other people, attempting to leverage God for her own ends, and not really appreciating Jesus.
At the core, she was being pulled in different directions.  She was distracted.
We have to ask this question – who was pulling her in different directions?  The answer is, Martha!  We do not seek to condemn or judge her but if Martha is making these choices then Martha can also choose differently.  This is good news for all of us.  If we are being pulled in different directions, living anxious and frantic lives then we are in a place to yield to Jesus.  We do not have to live this way!
Let’s make wise choices, let’s choose Jesus over media, fleshly indulgences, and things that bruise us.  He is our salvation, our hope, our healing.  In his presence darkness flees and we are ok.  With him, comes life and goodness.  He is all that we need.  Should we lose the entire world, we still have him and that is enough.
This message comes from Luke 10:38-42.  Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.
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