Luke tells us about a visit Jesus made
to Mary and Martha's house:
As Jesus and the disciples continued
on their way to Jerusalem,
they came to a certain village where
a woman named Martha
welcomed him into her home.
Her sister, Mary, sat at the
Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.
But Martha was distracted by the big
dinner she was preparing.
She came to Jesus and said,
“Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to
while I do all the work?
Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her,
“My dear Martha, you are worried and
upset over all these details!
There is only one thing worth
being concerned about.
Mary has discovered it,
and it will not be taken away from her.”'
Luke 10:38-42 (NLT)
Martha was definitely a "do-er"
Some of us are just like Martha:
we make to-do lists, plan our days
out to the minute or just in general feel
like if we don't do "it" that
"it" will not get done.
Jesus was not upset with Martha
for being a task-oriented,
get it done kind of woman.
He made her and he made each
one of us, loved and in his own image.
He knows what she needs most,
what we all need most, a close personal
relationship with Him. Taking time to
focus on Jesus and that relationship
will spill over into other areas of our lives.
He is telling her (and us) that all he
wants is to spend time just with us,
focused on him, so we can better hear
just how much he loves us and the
person he created us to be.
Our doing and serving doesn't have
to cause us worry or strife, he is
already enough, the gift of the
relationship is an invitation to this
freedom. And we don't need to carry
burdens or "fix" everything when he
didn't intend for us to manage it on
our own. A closer relationship refocuses
our hearts and brings a joy and peace only
he can provide.
We can enjoy a more settled freedom.
Take time to read the following passages
(and this week's focus verse Luke 10:42)
and choose one that really speaks
to you in some way. Write it down
and post it somewhere. Ask you parent
or another trusted adult to do the same.
Spend time each day this week
talking to God about the passage. It might
be as simple as a thank you for all he has
already accomplished but you will see
him refocusing your heart. Write it as a
letter if you are more comfortable than
speaking it out loud. Share what God is
doing in your life at the end of the week.
'So Christ has truly set us free.
Now make sure that you stay free,
and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.'
Galatians 5:1 (NLT)
'Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are
weary and carry heavy burdens,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you,
because I am humble and gentle at heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy to bear,
and the burden I give you is light.”'
Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
'The Lord has made the heavens his throne;
from there he rules over everything.'
Psalms 103:19 (NLT)