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11/28/2007

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"But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and asked, don't you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!" (Luke 10:40).

Care----just a word with four letters, yet encompassed in it is the weight of the world. Haven't we all felt the pressure and burden of care? Who hasn't cried out, "Lord, don't you care? Have you forgotten ME?

Jesus was visiting the home of Mary and Martha. Martha was "distracted" or "cumbered" with the preparation. Mary had learned the importance of taking time to rest at the feet of Jesus, listening to what He had to share. Left alone to prepare the meal, Martha began to feel sorry for herself. She was more occupied with WHAT she was doing for Him than with the ONE for WHOM she was doing it. Her motives were all right but her spirit was wrong.

Jesus answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed" (V 41). He was not rebuking her for her desire to serve Him, but that she was filled with care and worry about the details of the preparation. Her prioroties were not in the right order. "But one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her"(V 42). I believe what Jesus was saying was, "You ask me if I care? I do care. But I want your fellowship more than the food you are preparing. This is what Mary has chosen to put first in her life."

Most of us must confess that there are times in our lives when we become so burdened with the cares of the world, that we feel alone and neglected as Martha did. 1 Peter 5:7 gives the Lord's answer to us, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." We must bring our cares to Him, casting them upon Him, not just some of them, not just a few, not many, but every one---ALL. We decide...We can be FULL OF CARE or FREE FROM CARE...

Have a great Wednesday...Love mark Phil. 4:11

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