THEME: BUSYNESS OUR BUSINESS
Luke 10:40-42 NKJV
“But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “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.”
-When Jesus comes to Bethany, Martha demonstrates hospitality by welcoming Him into the home she shares with her sister Mary. She then busies herself with the tasks of serving their guest (diakonian). Although we are not told precisely what those tasks are, a good guess is that she began preparing a meal. Meanwhile her sister Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, listening to his words. Rather than assuming the role expected of women in her culture, she takes her place at the feet of Jesus. She assumes the posture of a student learning at the feet of a rabbi, a role traditionally reserved for men. This pleasant story takes a sharp turn when Martha, distracted by her many tasks, asked Jesus why He was not concerned by Mary who was not helping her. Jesus’ words to Martha may be seen as an invitation rather than a rebuke. Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. The one thing needed is for Martha to receive the gracious presence of Jesus, to listen to his words, to know that she is valued not for what she does or how well she does it, but for who she is as a child of God. Many among us are distracted by many things and miss an encounter with God. We are reminded to spare sometime to fast, pray and if possible go for a prayer retreat where we take sometime to disconnected with the world and connect more intimately with God.
O Lord my God, how I search for You. How I thirst for You in this parched and weary land where there is no water. How I long to find You. How I wish I could go into Your sanctuary to see Your strength and glory, for Your love and kindness are better to me than life itself. How I praise You. I will bless You as long as I live, lifting up my hands to You in prayer. At last I shall be fully satisfied; I will praise You with great joy. I lie awake at night thinking of You; of how much You have helped me and how I rejoice through the night beneath the protecting shadow of Your wings. I follow close behind You, protected by Your strong right arm. Thank You for protecting us and preserve us from every harm. Thank You for Your provision and sustenance. You are our Good God, we lift up our banners in all the earth to declare Your goodness. May You teach us to set time for fellowship with You. May You help us to have a more intimate relationship with You. You are able Lord and nothing is too difficult for You. May You grant us our hearts desires and make all our plans succeed. May You give us the dew of heaven and earth’s richness, an abundance of grain and new wine according to Your promise. May You open up our economy and bless our leaders and all citizens. May Your purpose for our lives come to pass according to Your unending love for us. May we always be found at Your feet dear Jesus. We pray this believing and trusting in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Further reading: Matthew 6:6, Psalms 63:1-8