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One More Meal With Jesus

"Now as they were traveling along He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home" (Lk.10:38).

I began yesterday's devotional by talking about the social amenities involved when having someone in your home. Simon the Pharisee neglected these and was chastised by Jesus for it. It is not recorded here in Luke 10 whether or not Martha and Mary did any of the "proper things" when Jesus entered their home. What we do have is a wonderful story unfolding about Jesus stay with them. It does seem the Martha is very concerned with Jesus' comfort. She was so concerned about the preparations that she became distracted.

Does Martha get a "bad rap" here in this story? In all her work to make sure that Jesus is comfortable and well cared for, she is missing out on the "visit." She is so obsessed with her work (and Mary's lack of it) that she actually complains. It appears that she does not complain to Mary, but to her guest, Jesus. She does this complaining to the point that she says, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me." On some levels, we all may want to say to Mary, "why don't you come on and help your bedraggled sister a bit."

To me it is evident that both sisters love Jesus. On this occasion they were both serving Him. Martha was serving by.....well.....serving. Mary was serving by hanging on all of His words. Jesus does not rebuke hospitality here, but anxiety and priority. Spiritual nourishment is more important than physical. Is it possible that we can spend so much time doing "things" for Jesus that we neglect being with Him? Jesus did not put blame here on Martha for being hospitable on a physical level. He was merely asking her (and us) to make sure that her and our priorities are in order. It may be possible for our service to Jesus to degenerate into what we teachers used to call "busywork." We must make sure that our service to the Lord comes from our hearts, and that we are not just doing to do, but because it is what Jesus wants.

I hope you have a great day...Go about doing good...It's what Jesus wants....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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