Lent 2016

horse at sunset

Photo by K. Davis (2/28/16)

 

 

At the Home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10: 38-41)

Chapter 10 ends with Jesus visiting the home of Martha and Mary. Martha complains that she has so much to do and Mary isn’t lifting a finger to help her. “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Sound familiar? How often have you been Martha? I have been Martha far more often than I care to recognize. It’s so easy to feel put upon. We have so much to do! So many people are depending on us! Sometimes it seems like the weight of the world is on our shoulders. But Jesus adjusts Martha’s perspective, and as we read the verse He adjusts our perspective too.

“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.” 

Jesus tells Martha, and us, that there is no place for worry. Take your lead from Mary and choose Jesus. Worry crops up without our intending it to. It isn’t as if we sit around trying to find things to worry about- they are just there, sending our mind spinning at a dizzying pace right into the rabbit hole. Exchange worry for worship- God’s got this!

“Everyone needs compassion
A love that’s never failing
Let mercy fall on me

Everyone needs forgiveness
The kindness of a Saviour
The hope of nations.”

Lyrics from “Mighty to Save” by Hillsong (click here to listen)

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