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Scripture Passage:  “Martha, Martha, you are careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:41-42     “Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”   Matthew 6:34

 

Dear Friends,

 

     Every day is filled with blessings and challenges.  Sometimes they are one in the same.  I have very few days that are not complicated in some way.  What starts out as a sunshiny day may end up in thundershowers.  A day that starts in the office often ends in the emergency room or funeral home.  I can start with a sense of light-heartedness and with a phone call, end up burdened beyond measure.  I am not complaining, but lately I have developed a tendency to carry a sense of dread that is “waiting for the other shoe to drop.”  I have never been a pessimist, but I am not an eternal optimist either.  My glass tends to be half full all the time and the joy of a cup that runs over is limited by the challenges of daily affairs.  I love to work and I love people, but both can get extremely messy at times.  I have never learned to “departmentalize” the events taking place in my life into categories, but they end up being one in the same.  I cannot turn one thing off, and concentrate on another because my mind continually works even when I sleep. (Man that is weird.)  What you get is a type A, Martha personality, who is driven to get the job done.  Mary may be sitting at the feet of Jesus, but it is Martha who makes sure the biscuits are on the table.  Most church staff members are evaluated by performance more than spiritual holiness and that is a shame.  They may say they want you to spend time with the Lord, but you better make sure the biscuits are there also.  I believe the answer to my dilemma lies somewhere in the middle, between the example of Martha and Mary.    

 

      Jesus did not reprove Martha for working hard.  He did not reprove her for feeling like Mary was not pulling her weight.  What he did reprove her for was for being troubled, ”bothered” about so many things.  She was allowing the burden of ministry to steal her joy of relationship with Him.   I personally believe Martha loved Jesus as much as Mary did, but her method of worship was different.  Martha worshipped by serving, Mary by quiet meditation.  I can imagine Martha saying, “I will sit and listen to Jesus while we eat, but there is work to be done right now.”  “Tell Mary to get up and help me.  She has all afternoon to sit at your feet.”  I do not like it when 80% of the people in the church let 20% do all the work. It is not because they are sitting at the feet of Jesus.  If the 20% who are working resent what they are doing, their worship through service is just as meaningless as the 80% who are going through the motions.  Jesus recognized that Mary was not lazy.  She was not sitting there to get out of work, she was just hungry for spiritual food more than physical food.  Jesus appreciated what Martha was doing for him and his disciples, but gently reminded her that when you are upset all the time you miss what is truly important.  What is important is your relationship with him.  Time is irrelevant if there is no relationship.  Let us not be weary in well doing like Martha, but let us reap the harvest, like Mary, in due season because we have not exhausted ourselves from all the ministry of service. 

 

In Christ,

 

Pastor Johnny