31st Ogt., 2016
WHEN HE COMES - 16
"When He Comes... Build Personal Communion With Him"
The LORD had earlier warned Martha of this danger when He visited their home in Bethany; the danger of fidgeting and running up and down, while omitting the one thing that is needful.
Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art 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 10:38-42 KJV:
Martha welcomed Jesus to her house quite warmly and in a most hospitable way. She was open to receiving visitors and she would do everything to satisfy her guests ... however, she was distracted with much serving. The key word here is not serving, but “distracted.” When ministry - service comes between a man and his personal relationship with Jesus, it is nothing but a distraction. The much serving that takes Martha away from the feet of Jesus, and from hearing His Word; and pulls her here and there is a distraction to her soul. It is a distraction to her growth and even to her destiny.
Martha, just like many of us, thought service will please the LORD ... she thought it can replace communion with Jesus Himself. So, she approached him boldly and with every audacity (almost like a rebuke to the LORD himself): “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” Several times we feel we are on top of the world for being engaged in the LORD'S service, even though we are becoming strangers at the throne of grace. Our seat at His feet is becoming vacant everyday. When He asks, “where have you been?” We retort, “Do You not care and appreciate all I am doing? Can I be at your feet and still put all these details in place? I am not like those “hermits” like Mary and John who love to curdle all the time around You...”
We think it is negligence of duty to make our time of communion the first priority of our lives even at the expense of the ministry. We would even prefer to interrupt whatever He is teaching our brethren, pull them out of His presence and engage them in endless, meticulous activities. We only promote and honour those who are everywhere apart from His presence.
But look at God's verdict on Martha and her much serving:
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”
He saw it as being “worried and troubled about many things.” He did not see it as touching the divine purposes of God. It was just being worried and being troubled about many things, when, only one thing is needful.
The only one thing that is needful for us to accomplish God's mandate on our lives is to sit at His feet, learn of Him and then only rise behind Him and follow Him into the place of divine impartation. Mary made that her choice in life. She perfected in it with time. It became her lifestyle and life's disposition. Even at the death of her brother, she was still seeking to sit at His feet. She fell at His feet and wept.
It is necessary for us to highlight this choice of Mary here and to emphasise what each one of us needs to do, to bring the LORD to our rescue and for us to labour effectively in seeing the restoration of His Church in our time.