January 10, 2019 (rework from 2010): SOAP #3325: Gen 25-26; Ps 6; Luke 10
Scripture: Luke (NIV) 10:41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Observation: Jesus was in the village and Martha had opened her house to him. The visit seems not to have been planned, so now that he was present, there were many things needing her attention, very likely the preparation of a meal. Martha needed more help. Her sister Mary should be helping, but, where was she? Mary was with the honored guest, just listening! In Martha’s mind, Mary was doing nothing—but to Jesus what Mary was doing was the most important. Martha was doing something for Jesus (“making preparations”); Mary was doing something to Jesus (listening). Martha was serving, but Mary was pleasing.
Application: Today, I too will have many things demanding my attention. I too have that same “Honored Guest” in my life. I too will be misunderstood. I too need to take time from my busy-ness and listen to Him! I want to do more than just serve Him, I want my serving to please Him!
Prayer: Lord, many things will demand my time today. You are the Honored Guest in my life. I want to listen to you! Your pleasure is my goal. Amen.
Making friends for time and eternity!