June 2018

Are You a Martha or a Mary?christ

38 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. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 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. 41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:38–42 (KJV)

Both Martha and Mary knew the Lord and loved the Lord. But one chose the deeper path of fellowship with Him. Martha was caught up in the busy-ness of the day. She was so busy
serving the Lord that she had no thought of really being with the Lord. She was troubled about many things. She knew nothing about the peace that passes all understanding.

But Mary, sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His word.

Are you a Mary or a Martha? Which is a better description of the way we live? We are called to good works, but we do well to begin them at the feet of Jesus, listening to His word. Mary was not in a preaching service in a church; she was at the feet of Jesus. She was not in a Bible study; she was in a quiet place before her Master. Do we have that? Is there a prayer closet in our lives? It is a quiet place to set at the feet of the Lord and listen. Do we serve the Lord in a spirit of codependency or one of love and grace? It seems to me the more time I spend at the feet of the Lord, the more I accomplish in His service.

May 2018

Intimacy with GodBe-Still-and-Know-Mountains

One of the greatest hinderances to prayer in the 21st Century is our busy-ness. The age of microwaves, cell phones, and laptops has made the world smaller, faster, and quicker. Attention spans are shorter. We want our information in seconds and sound bites.

But intimacy with God cannot be schedule by appointments and 2-minute increments. Intimacy with His Holiness requires the blotting out of everything and everyone who is more important than God. That includes us.

10 Be still,and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Ps 46:10

Intimacy with God requires the setting aside of all preoccupation and predicament. Prayer cannot be learned on the go. That is not what ‘Pray without ceasing,” is about. Deep prayer requires privacy and stillness before Him.

6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matt 6:6

Even Jesus needed time alone with His Heavenly Father.

23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. Matt 14:23