Martha, Mary & Ms. Medicority

“Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain woman named Martha received (WELCOMED) 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 (DISTRACTED WITH) much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath LEFT me to SERVE alone? Bid (TELL) her therefore that she help me. 

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful (worried) 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 

Am I the only one that ever struggles with being BOTH of these ladies? I think probably not… but I want us to all think about the fact that even Martha’s, and Mary’s and their male counter parts, such as the disciples who questioned WHICH of them would be the GREATEST!

The prodigals brother who begrudged the dinner held in honor of the return of whom he viewed as “the slacker”.

The laborer’s who worked all day and were wroth that the “night shift” earned the same wage as they. 

Sometimes that battle is not with others, although that is quite common … but sometimes the biggest battle is WITHIN us. 

What I love with this story is that Martha WELCOMED him and clearly wanted him there and loved him and wanted ALL those who came to HER house to see HIM to receive that’s same warm welcome.

And almost EVERY single mention of Martha is the same… she is SERVING, working… working… working… no time to sit at his feet as her sister so often did. So we know from  this story that she was starting to get maybe just a little annoyed by this fact, there sat Mary and WHAT was doing? 

How could she just sit there just  ENJOYING the presence of the Lord, while Martha worked herself  to exhaustion is the question she pondered.

And we know she felt this, and when you really think about the fact that she was TALKING to Jesus, the God of the universe in human form, who was IN her house, and she is ASKING him, does he seriously not care that her sister won’t help and demanding that he MAKE her help! 

And as Jesus told her that Mary chose what was NEEDED, not only the most blessed, profitable, and pleasurable BUT actually NEEDED.

Martha DID want, I am sure her house to be clean, the guests served proper food, and every one to leave happy and eager to return, BUT in the process of this, she MISSED the good part, just as Jesus said.

She HAD him in her home, she had his presence surrounding all that was hers and but the WORK, the JOB, making sure that everything was done to perfection robbed her of enjoying that joy.

And I’m not picking on her, I wrestle with the “Martha” in me everyday, never enough time to do what needs to be done and trying to bring forth that fruit of the work of the kingdom with such ridiculous expectations that is often gets undone due to the sheer magnitude of unrealistic expectancy of the finished product! You know so tired from the preparation that you no longer have enough energy to cook the meal?  

And as far as us feeling that we have been let down or have no support with our work, we gotta ask ourselves this, when we get angry or resentful at others, were they actually ever SUPPOSED to be “helping” or did we juts expect them to?

Did we really even NEED help, or did we just WANT help to make the job a little easier? We can all sometimes hobo that train of thought, IF him, her, they would just “help” us with our work.

But in reality God calls us individually and sure they were sent two by two, but if God hasn’t called you into your calling as one of two, than obviously, whether it feels right, feels fair or not, it is just you., and with his SPIRIT, you and Him count as that two. 

And as she questioned the Lord as to whether or not he realized her plight, did she ever QUESTION her own thinking, that she was spending so much time worrying about the work that she completely forgot the greatest guest.

Do we sometimes get so caught up concentrating on the job that we forget that the God of the universe IS in the house?

During my little “break” I had realized that, I was so worried about this that, these dudes, who cares, who doesn’t, who could “help” me and who won’t, trying to run a separate blog just for ladies and this one which can be a whole lotta fire and brimstone, and I finally came to the conclusion that I was spending so much time being a “Martha” worrying over every little detail and trying way to hard to please imaginary people who would never be pleased anyway, and “proving” to myself and the world that I am called to do this, that I was completely FORGETTING who was in MY house! 

So what if I don’t write every single week, what if I don’t make much sense? What if every word isn’t correctly spelled and the grammar police are on my trail for run on sentences and bad jargon? I have been BLESSED to sit at the feet of my King, if I will CHOSE that good part! 

As I said I don’t think I am alone, I think many of us run the risk of burn out, as we begin feeling a pressure that Jesus NEVER put on us and if we don’t act quickly when we start to feel that burn out. We all start out as a “Mary” when we first encounter the Lord, helplessly enamored, learning everything we can and just basking in His presence and as time goes as we let that pressure mount as we take our roles as a Martha and begin our kingdom “service”. 

Unfortunately, we can become worn to the point as Martha, and become Ms. Mediocrity (or Mr.) when it is no longer about the fascination of just how real He is, or even about working in the kingdom, but that we allow ourselves to become so hum-drum and mentally dull from the “work” that we completely lose fact that we are blessed in precious moments that are not guaranteed to last forever.

Just as I wonder, Did Martha ever think in hind sight, about all the time she had spent worrying and fretting, regretting every troubled moment, considering that Jesus was shortly thereafter crucified, ENDING His earthly visits to her home.

Knowing all the time she could have spent just enjoying Him, as the Bible tells us concerning our own salvation, ” SEEK the Lord WHILE he may be found”.

I am not saying that we will lose our salvation, but I am saying, at least for myself, as was brought to my own realization, that sometimes we spend so much time TRYING to be Martha, that we forget that we NEED to be Mary and when we CAN NEVER be both, and no one should ever want to be Ms. Mediocrity!

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LETTING MY HAIR DOWN

The old adage “to thine own self , be true” how about “To thy God, be true”? Denominations are a funny little matter, and in the end they will be of no matter!
We are taught, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism” and my favorite, “And in THAT day, His name shall be one” and as the Lord himself said he had “other sheep not of this fold that I must bring also”. I do believe denominations mainly exist to help people in areas of common thoughts and fellowship.
When I was a new convert I never even wanted to visit another church or to be anywhere other than my home church. But God’s plan’s often lead us on journeys that without him we would have never had the courage to take.
He has people and events strategically aligned, but we have to make that move to be where he wants us when he wants us to arrive there.
I have been blessed with an extended church family, I spend most of my worship time between a non denominational church and a Holiness church, and I was ordained by the Pentecostals.
If someone had told me this years ago I would have told them they’d lost their mind! But God does work everything for the good and I have been blessed with friendships that if I had disobeyed God and listened to my own fear, and refused to follow what I felt He was leading me to do, I would have lost out on so much!
It was unnerving at first, to leave everything I had known and the first pastor he put me under in my “training” is Trinity Holiness and I wrestled and wrestled and finally I told him one day that I am apostolic and he just laughed and said “Well, I knew that” and we laughed and made a deal that we would never try to convert each other! Everything I worried about as problems, God has always shown me that they are only problems if I want them to be!
So most of my work tends to be multi denominational, but I make it a point to never deny my personal beliefs because for me to deny what I am is denying the very one who created me.

But after a while the lines blur and God’s word is for everyone and there is “no  private interpretation ” but sometimes I do just want to let my hair down “sing” His praises as WHO HE IS!
So from this point forward there will be no multi-denominational writing nor living, without a sense of identity, without a true sense of who He is and who we are in him, no one is living without him anyway!
So it will now be offered from a strict vantage point of who HE IS, and for me, HE IS THE I AM THAT IS.
Kinda like this:  Jesus, Jehovah God!  He is God!  He was God yesterday, He is God today and He will be God tomorrow!
And forever and ever He will reign!
” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God.”
“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made”
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth.”  John 1:1,3,10&14

 

“I AM Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which IS, and which WAS, and which IS TO COME, THE ALMIGHTY.”   Revelation 1:8

 
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen that ye may know and believe me, and understand THAT I AM HE: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.”
I, even I am the Lord; and beside me there is no savior.”
“I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, SAITH THE LORD, THAT I AM GOD.”   Isaiah 43:10-12

 

 

“Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of Hosts; I AM the first, and I AM the last; and BESIDE ME THERE IS NO GOD.

And who, I as, shall call, and declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and these things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.
Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye even are my witnesses, Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.”  Isaiah 44:6-8

 
I AM THE LORD, AND THERE IS NONE ELSE, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That thou may know from the rising of the sun,and from the west, that there is none beside me.

I am the Lord and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil (calamity): I the Lord do all these things, Drop down (rain down) ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.”   Isaiah 45:5-8
“And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM; and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM sent me unto you.”  Exodus 3:14

 And finally, my dears…John 8:5

“And JESUS saith unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, BEFORE ABRAHAM WAS I AM.”

 

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