Troubled About Many Things
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7.
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42).
What would you do if you heard that Jesus was in town? Where would you be? Would you be sleeping on the sidewalk in front of wherever He was going to appear, or would you be on your way out of town?
Martha made certain that Jesus received an invitation to her house. And then she left Him sitting in the living room and went out to the kitchen, to do what Martha types do out in the kitchen. But you see here that Martha’s concern was not just about the kitchen, and Mary helping, for she was troubled about many things. She was troubled about everything. When Jesus gently rebuked her, He wasn’t simply talking about the kitchen and the pots and the pans. He was talking about a way of life for Martha. Martha was a good girl. She wouldn’t think of doing anything wrong. Probably the worst thing she ever did was chew her fingernails when the mixer didn’t work.
Often good people feel that they don’t need Jesus. They can get along fine being religious. But that thoughtful hour alone with Jesus every day is not something we do in addition to being Christians. It is the entire basis of the Christian life. Those who don’t know what that is are invariably going to be careful and troubled about many things. There is only one way to victory and peace in the Christian life. Do you know what it is to sit at Jesus’ feet, today, tomorrow, and every day until Jesus comes?
from Faith that Works
Morris Venden | Review & Herald (2000)
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