God created you and I to serve and work with Him in His Gospel. We were created to work and serve not just sit and receive.
There is a story of the two sides of serving and partnering with Jesus in His work.
Luke 10:38 AMP. “Now while they were on their way, Jesus entered a village [called Bethany], and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.”
1. THE INVITE. Jesus is headed to Bethany and Martha welcomed Him into her home.
Martha is the one who set this up.
Luke 10:39 AMP. “She had a sister named Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and was continually listening to His teaching.”
Martha is the host, she is the one who invited Jesus to come to her house for fellowship.
Mary her sister sits at the feet of Jesus she is continually listening to His teaching.
The teacher Jesus comes into your home and He is teaching. Where would you be?
Mary is sitting at the feet listening to the teacher teach.
If the Master Teacher comes to your home you should be sitting listening to Him teach, not in the kitchen preparing.
Luke 10:40 AMP. “But Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities; and she approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.””
2. THE FRUSTRATION: Martha invites Jesus to her home. Jesus comes in and is teaching. Martha sits at His feet while He is teaching.
Martha was very busy and distracted with all of her serving responsibilities.
Busy is not always a great thing. We want to be busy producing and increasing and expanding. Martha was busy and distracted with her serving responsibilities.
Serving responsibilities is awesome. God loves us to have serving responsibilities.
The key here is timing. God considers it busy distraction when you are serving when you should be sitting and receiving from Jesus.
Martha was getting angry and upset watching her sister just sit there listening to Jesus teach and share powerful truths.
Martha get so upset watching Mary that she approaches Jesus with her anger. She approached Him and said, “Lord, is it of no concern to You that my sister has left me to do the serving alone? Tell her to help me and do her part.”
Here is a few points to ponder. When you have someone like Jesus coming over it was not an accident. It looks as if it was planned.
Mary was not prepared to host Jesus. Nothing was ready. When things are not planned and in order usually you have issues come up because the lack of preparation. The stress and pressure of not being ready to host.
Martha is saying to Jesus doesn’t it bother you my sister has left me to do the serving alone?
But Martha is one who called Jesus in to her home.
Serving Martha is so consumed with what Mary is doing she gets so upset. When we are serving the Lord we are supposed to keep our eyes and heart on the Lord, not what others are doing.
Colossians 3:23 AMP. “Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men,”
3. WHO YOU SERVING: THIS IS ABOUT THE HEART OF SERVING. OUR SERVICE IS TO BE FROM THE HEART OF LOVE FOR GOD. WE DO WHAT WE DO FOR JESUS BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID FOR US AND CONTINUES TO DO FOR US.
Martha was so consumed by what Mary was doing. She lost her joy, peace, power, and then looked like a nut to Jesus.
Imagine how we look to Jesus when we complain about things.
Martha then tells Jesus what to do. Martha says to Jesus, “tell her to help me and do her part.”
YOU REALIZE YOUR WAY OUT OF BALANCE WHEN YOU ARE TELLING JESUS WHAT HE SHOULD BE DOING. HOW YOU SPEAK, THE WORDS YOU SAY, THE TONE ALL SHOW WHATS GOING ON INSIDE OF YOUR HEART, MIND.
WE ALL ARE SUPPOSED TO BE BUSY HELPING AND SERVING JESUS IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND CHURCH. WHATEVER WE DO, WE DO IT FOR JESUS NOT PEOPLE.
Luke 10:41 AMP. “But the Lord replied to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered and anxious about so many things;”
4. WHAT’S GOING ON IN ME: Martha is busy and distracted by serving the Jesus. She tells her after she tells Jesus what He should tell her sister. He says to Martha, “YOU ARE WORRIED AND BOTHERED AND ANXIOUS ABOUT SO MANY THINGS.”
Many times our services is lacking because maybe we are serving which all kinds of junk going on in our heads and heart. The only service that is pure is when our hearts are pure. We are doing everything for the Lord and not men. We are doing everything from a heart of love and caring to service Jesus.
Luke 10:42 AMP. “but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part [that which is to her advantage], which will not be taken away from her.”
5. WHAT’S YOUR CHOICE?
A. Only one thing is necessary.
B. Mary has chosen the good part—-to her advantage.
C. Which will not be taken away from her.
Mary is at feet of Jesus receiving His teaching and revelation.
Martha is frustrated in the kitchen preparing and serving.
Jesus says Mary chose wisely, only one thing is necessary.
In the Kingdom there are times you must be seated at the feet of Jesus receiving revelations.
There are other times where you have to be in the kitchen preparing and serving Jesus.
They are both needed and necessary. The problem was the attitude. Martha heart was angry, frustrated, upset because Mary would not help her.
Mary was entertaining the guest Jesus. The problem was timing. Martha had her timing off.
The problem was priorities. The priority at exact moment of time was Jesus was sharing. The food could of waited. The Master Teacher Jesus was sharing at the moment.
Both positions are needed. The do not and must compete with each other. You must know when to do the service and when to sit at His feet.
When I show up for service I can sit at His feet. We are here to create a place for you to sit at His feet. We are in the kitchen. I get sit at His feet other times.
6. MARY & MARTHA TOGETHER: We must wear both hats, Mary and Martha. We must recognize our attitudes, our timing, and our priorities.
1 Corinthians 15:58 AMP. “Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord [always doing your best and doing more than is needed], being continually aware that your labor [even to the point of exhaustion] in the Lord is not futile nor wasted [it is never without purpose].”
1 Corinthians 15:58 NCV. “So my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Do not let anything move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted.”
We work with the Lord in partnership to win souls to Christ.
I heard his quote all that Christianity is one bigger sharing with other beggars where he got free bread.
We should all be sharing to others where we got this life giving bread.
John 6:35 AMP. “Jesus replied to them, “I am the Bread of Life. The one who comes to Me will never be hungry, and the one who believes in Me [as Savior] will never be thirsty [for that one will be sustained spiritually].”
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." – Francis of Assisi