As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 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!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
There is a distinction to be made between “doing” what we think is “good” for God’s Kingdom and being “used” by Jesus. The distinction is important because many Christians are “working” very hard “doing” stuff that could be termed “good” but it is not at the direction of the Holy Spirit.
If Jesus was talking to a Martha today, the conversation may go something like this:
“What a worker you are, but I need you to put down that spatula or hammer or clipboard or telephone and come sit over here with me.
You are working very hard – you are directing a lot of people in your works – you are trying so hard to get it right – but for whom? Did I tell you to do that? Have you asked Me?
Remember, this kitchen is not yours. This building is not yours. This activity is not yours. This fundraiser is not yours. This money is not yours. You are not on the throne. You need to stop and turn and sit with Me.
I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (John 14:6) And right now you are not encouraging anyone to come to me – you are a roadblock in their journey. Everytime you “do” something that “you” think is “good” without consulting me, you are a stumbling block to someone or something else. Stop it. Seek me first and my righteouseness then all the things you need will be provided. (Matthew 6:38)
Remember my yoke is easy and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:30) If you come and sit with me on a daily basis, I will direct your path. You will not spin your wheels. You will feel my peace – the peace that surpasses all understanding which guards your heart in me. (Phil 4:7)
If you continue on the path you have set for yourself, you will continue to be frustrated, mean, angry, hard to work with, arrogant, and oblivious to others. Additionally, you will block the works I have for others to do. Stop saying “yes” to good causes without consulting Me. Your disobedience is shutting down opportunities for others to step out in faith.”
Come. You are weary and burdened. I will give you rest. Take what I have for you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my way is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30)
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all” (2 Cor 13:14)
R. H. Loy