Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bad Hostess! BAD!

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At Jesus' Feet by Nathan Greene
When you know visitors are coming over to your house, you get busy cleaning, straightening things, etc. if you have ANY social grace at all. You want to put on a good impression and usually are embarrassed at all the things you have left undone. The only exception to this rule is when old friends who know all your habits come over. Seeing them day in and day out, you can sweep away some newspapers and find an empty spot on the couch for them.
We're comfortable with them. We ignore everything else to make sure we don't miss a word they're saying. Especially if they have some really good news to tell us.
But some of us neurotics keep cleaning even as the company comes and beyond. We are so worried about what we have left undone, we cannot enjoy the moment.
Such is the case with Mary and Martha. While it was Martha who opened her home, it was Mary who was opening her heart. While Martha had a list of things to do, Mary had a priority of Who to listen to.
Jesus commended the bad hostess –for she made Him the most important person in the house. And he was welcome any time.
Amen.

Read in the round

Luke 10:38-42

38  As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.
39  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.
40  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him
and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?
Tell her to help me!”
41  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,
42  but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and
it will not be taken away from her.”

Questions
1)      What do you imagine this scene looked like? Where would your sympathies be?
2)     Personal share: when are we like Martha [busy, worried]? When are we like Mary [submissive, attentive to God]?

Benediction
Psalm 46

Quotes on Dedication to Christ                 

  • Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to. –C.S. Lewis
  • Because God has made us for Himself, our hearts are restless until they rest in Him. –St. Augustine of Hippo
  • Trying to work for God without worshiping God results in joyless legalism. Work minus worship magnifies your willpower not God’s worth. If you try to do things for God without delighting in God you bring dishonor upon God. Serving God without savoring God is lifeless and unreal. -John Piper
  • I am a fool for Christ...whose fool are you? –Brother Andrew
  • If your life is Christ, then your death will be only more of Christ, forever. If your life is only Christlessness, then your death will be only more Christlessness, forever. That's not fundamentalism, that's the law of non-contradiction. –Peter Kreft

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