Luke and the Lost
A very special homecoming was celebrated at our home yesterday. Our son, who had been deployed over the last six months came home from serving our country. He is very special to us. We had a cook out of burgers, brats and hot dogs. We bought lots of chips because we have eight grandkids between our three adult children and their spouses. We bought all paper goods to eat with so clean up would be easy. Why? So we could sit down and visit with our son who had been gone so long from us! Our SON was more important than the meal!
Days like this are special. I also like to take time to take our eight grandkids with long walks after the meal. It is now a “tradition” with them. We laugh, run, skip, and wheel (the grandson in a wheelchair) and talk along the way. We tell jokes. I get to know them better as we walk, away from the adult chatter. It is a special time between us. They seem to be amazed at “when I was a little girl” stories.
Why do I tell you all this? Because today, we come to the famous Mary and Martha passage. Martha is in the kitchen scurrying around, giving orders and making sure the big meal is ready to host Jesus, her special guest. Mary, her sister is not helping so much, for she is SITTING, at the disgust of her “over doing it” sister, Mary. See what Jesus says…
Luke 10, The Message
Mary and Martha
38-40 As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
41-42 The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
In other words, you have lost your focus in serving. You are focusing on doing things right over doing the right things! I am here, in your home, and I want to sit and talk with you. Chips and dip will do. Sit down. Be still and enjoy the fellowship we could have with each other!
This passage has always meant so much to me. My mom and aunt were often Martha-like. They loved Jesus but sometimes, in serving well, they missed serving best. I watched them and tried to learn from that. I learned to work ahead if I want a dinner to be special. I accept help. My girls and I work together to pull it off…so we can sit and enjoy each other’s company. Don’t make the meal prep so big that you miss that. It’s not worth losing valuable time with your family and friends. And above all, don’t forget WHO you are pleasing as you serve others. Be still. Pull back on the prep, just pull out the chips and dip and enjoy life to the full, the way God wants you to live.
Hang on every word of Jesus, for He is the only Truth.
Dear Heavenly Father, Hallowed and holy is Your Name. You are God. YOU are our hope and our stay. You abide with us. You are a welcome guest at every meal and fellowship we have in our home. Your Presence in our family and with others we invite is evident and we praise You and thank you for being with us. Continue to be with us still, guiding and directing our lives. We love you with all our heart, mind, and soul.
In Jesus Name, Amen