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Full Of Care...Free Of Care...Which One?


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

You have probably heard a lot of sermons about this story. It is one of my favorites. I have heard it "spun" several different ways, but I would like to zero in on one aspect of it....The "four-letter word....CARE. Encompassed in this simple word can be the weight of the world. We have all, at one time or another felt the burdens of the world on our shoulders. If you would, the cares of the world. Have any of us cried out, "why me?" "Lord, don't you care" Have I been forgotten?"

Those of us that have made preparations for company know what Martha was going through. The preparations would not take care of themselves, would they? The verse says that Martha was "distracted" by it all. Mary on the other hand, realized that it was Jesus in their home. She sat at the Lord's feet to listen to Him. Left alone to prepare the meal, Martha started to feel sorry for herself. She was more concerned about what she was doing than for Whom she was doing it. In final frustration she approached Jesus and said, "Lord, don't you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself?"

Jesus answered with a mild rebuke, "Martha, Martha," You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.(v.41). It wasn't about her desire to prepare and serve Him. It was about her priorities. In response to her, "don't you care," He said, "Sure I care....Its just that I want your fellowship more than your food." This is what Mary chose.

Many of us will probably own up to having times in our lives, when we felt so burdened with the cares of the world, that we felt alone as Martha did. From the pen of Peter comes the answer. "Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (1 Pet. 5:7). We are to bring our cares to Him, and cast them upon Him....All of them! The ball is in our court. We can be people "full of care" or "free from care."

Its our choice..

Have a wonderful weekend and a great worship experience on His day....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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