Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Are You Too Busy for Jesus, Martha?

Last night we were not able to hold our every other Tuesday night soiree. As I noted in my recorded session/podcast, I had a horrible time trying to get there. Ultimately, I did not get there.

That being said, it was ironic that last evenings discourse for Proverbs 31:13-15 included an introduction to Martha from John 11.

So, I was sitting in my car, very frustrated after a week of just "stuff." And, I looked up and I said, "you know, why am I going through this?" And then, I recalled the verses that Martha exclaimed to Jesus regarding her then dead brother Lazarus. She said, "If you were here, he would not have died. But since I know that you are God's chosen, I know you have only to ask..." That hit me like a ton of bricks. How bold was Martha?

And, so, with boldness, I said, "Lord, you can fix this!" And, yes we made it home. For some, that might be the miracle. But, I don't think so. To me, the miracle was the change in my attitude with Christ.

Allow me to explain: Because of Luke's account of Mary and Martha in Chapter 1o, Martha has a reputation of being so over extended that she can not appreciate the opportunity she has to be in the company, in the presence, of the Messiah. I would say I am a Martha. I am constantly overextended. In my personal defense, I believe we are all overextended these days. It takes a concerted effort not to be over-extended. There are our families, extra-curricular, careers, families, church, bills, families, chores, families. You get the picture. I think sometimes we can have the issue of overlooking Christ, and we need to be very careful about that.

But Martha was not so overextended that she missed Christ in her life. She exclaims to him, "I know you...I know who you are and what you can do!" She did not miss him at all. If anything, I would say she exhibits extreme faith. In fact, she has one of the only confession scenes in the new testament. I think to me, what this indicates is the need to make sure we have balance in our lives. I want to specifically point to verse 15
She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls
She has servant girls. The honorable woman has servant girls. She knows and understands that although she may still get up while dark, and she might have alot to do, to ensure her efficiency, she has help. Martha owned and ran her own home. (Luke 10). If she owned her own home, we can believe she had her own money, her own business, and her own way of running her house. I believe she had help. Why? Because, she yelled at Mary in Luke 10 to help her. This implies to me that she is used to having people to command, and she became confused/angry when her sister was not assisting her as usual. Martha was from a promenant enough family within the Jewish community. Many traveled from as far as Jerusalem to mourn the death of Lazarus. Martha was a busy woman. But, she maintained a rich and dynamic relationship with Jesus. She was able to maintain some level of balance in her life--even if only at the reminder and chiding of those who love her. (Luke 10)

So, as we continue through these next couple weeks. Can we agree to find some time to allow Jesus to remind us, and chide us into finding the balance and the help we need in order to live wonderfully full and abundant lives? What are some steps that you might take in this direction?

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