Be Still Know
Luke 10:40b NLT
She came to Jesus and said, ‘Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.’
From an outsider’s perspective, it appears as though Christians are constantly arguing with one another. News stories from the USA can present Christians as supporters of what we in Britain might term ‘extreme political views’. An American friend of mine once said when seeking to explain America to me that ‘Whatever is said about the USA is most likely accurate in describing some part of America’. It is a vast country with wide diversity, as indeed is the Church of Jesus Christ.
Martha approaches Jesus, and seeks to enlist his support to encourage Mary to pattern her approach to God to become similar to her own. Jesus has nothing to do with this.
As we observe a Church that is under increasing pressure from external threats around the world, isn’t it about time we stopped our in-house squabbles? After all, I will not have to give an account for how you worked out your faith, but for myself alone.
In my early days, I worked so hard at seeking to produce conformity of faith that at times I’m sure I only caused people to lose sight of their saviour. Isn’t it a fact that diverse Christian approaches to God enrich the Body of Christ, they don’t destroy it? If diversity was the problem, then the Church would have disappeared centuries ago.
Martha is angry, an anger that perhaps masks a fear. What if her endeavours at hospitality prove of no value in the greater scheme of God’s kingdom purpose? What if it had always been all about sitting at Jesus’ feet? Not only was she exhausted for no purpose, but she might only gaze back upon a life of wasted opportunities. But the repentant thief crucified alongside Jesus reveals it’s never too late to start to sit at Christ’s feet.
QUESTION: Consider any prejudices you carry against Christians who do things and think differently to the way you do. What gives rise to such prejudice?
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help me lay aside distractions that I may listen and learn from you.