Luke and The Lost
There are two kinds of people in the world it seems. Those who love to eat and those who eat to live. Those who love to eat are great cooks, wonderful hosts, serve way more than is needed and busy themselves with all the details from the appetizers to the main course. These hosts finish it all with a beautiful dessert even though you feel you cannot eat another bite! They want everyone to get their fill and be happy while eating.
Then there are those who simply eat to live. We can learn a lot from those who just want to relate to others. They feel it is okay to skip all the flourish and just share a coffee or tea with a friend who needs a listening ear. Ready for company at a moment’s notice, they feel it’s okay to pull out chips and dip when someone comes to your home to share important news or just visit. It’s okay that the house might not be perfect for “drop-ins”. What you see, they most likely don’t see. If they do see a mess, then they are at least encouraged that they are not the only imperfect people!
Both have good intentions. Who are you? I confess to both at times. Who are we trying to impress, really? What is our real need? Do we get caught up in the details and forget the main course? Are we listening and honoring the people who have come or making sure the roast doesn’t burn?
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.”
Think about it…
–BOTH Mary and Martha love Jesus. He is their friend. They support his ministry and mission.
–Martha wants to serve him well. Mary wants to listen, “hanging on every word”.
–Both have good intentions. Jesus tells Martha to quit fussing over the largeness of the meal. “Chips and dip will be fine, Martha…come and sit, be with Me.
–Only one thing is essential…Me, says Jesus.
Jesus is more than an appetizer, he is the MAIN COURSE! Hang on His every Word and you will be blessed…and so will I!
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to avoid the temptation of being enthralled by the details in this life and miss the Main Course. You are Life. You are the Bread of Life. May we feast on Your Word today. Speak to our hearts. Cause us to stop, sit at your feet, focus and listen. What a treasure You are, Lord.
In Jesus Name, Amen