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The Houseguest

  • Luke 10:41,42- "Martha, Martha, The Lord answered, you are worried and upset about many things, but only the one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

    Martha is like most of us, she is busy working and preparing for
    Jesus. I have to imagine she is growing in frustration as she prepares food for
    the house. Jesus didn’t travel alone very often, so she probably had a
    houseful. I have witnessed this in my own house, especially when company is
    about to come. We become so consumed with making things perfect for our guests
    that we miss the point of why they are coming. They can get a clean room or a
    meal at just about any hotel anywhere, but they came to spend time together and
    talk. What our guests really desire is to see us and share stories, grow
    closer, and to reflect on our relationships. They are not coming over for an
    inspection and to write a column about the dinner service. We can get caught up
    in working, and so consumed by our duties, that we never really enjoy the
    conversation with who we have in our house.


    Jesus makes it a point to show us that in this scripture. He
    comes to Martha’s house and all He desires is time with Martha and Mary. He
    wants to talk with them, share with them, and be with them. He turned a loaf of
    bread and a couple of fish into a meal for 5000, and was born in a manger so
    food and accommodations are not high on the list of needs for Jesus. Spend time
    with Jesus, He doesn’t need our work, and while it is nice to do so, that work
    will always be there. Take time to be with Jesus and don’t miss out on face
    time with Him by doing things that aren’t important. The work will wait, and
    when you spend time with Jesus, the work will become effortless.


    Jesus points out to Martha that she has many worries, but the
    one thing is needed, and that is to sit and be with Him. Jesus always brings us
    to a point of rest and fullness. We can be worried and upset any old time, but
    while we are with Him, nothing is required of us. We just need to be with Him
    and soak up the peace, the love, and the guidance. He is a relationship kind of
    savior, not one who constantly needs to be served, or to do work for Him.

    We all deep down want to please Jesus and be the one who serves Him.
    It is in our nature to do so, but it is clear here, that He longs
    for us to be at rest, loving Him, and being loved by Him. Receive the good news
    of Jesus Christ in your heart today. Rest in Him, and take the time away from
    worry and concern and be refreshed by what He has to say. After all, if you
    invite Him in, you would never leave Him on the couch with the remote while you
    tend to chores. If Jesus showed up in the physical at my house, I would drop
    everything I had to be with Him. Brothers and sisters, invite Jesus to your
    house today, and be renewed by all He has for you. Enjoy the time, and be at
    peace with who you are, and not what you do.


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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin I was like Martha, always keeping myself busy, working, running away from the demons in my head. What I love about my Jesus, he knew exactly what my heart desired..love, peace,hope, validation, so when I think about his goodness and all he restored in me...my faith in never up for discussion. I was pondering on this yesterday, when my God reminded, that he pulled me from the hell that was living in my head. I won't be going again.
July 10, 2015
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Patty Martin
Patty Martin Thank you for this timely word!  So often, I am concerned about the way my house looks and how everything seems to pile up around me.  I feel that there is not enough time to get it all done.  At 59 years old, I am living a single life, so I have to attend to the inside of the house and the yard work, and work a full-time job.  I often bring paper work home rather than stay in the classroom and do it.  To say I feel overwhelmed at times is an understatement.  I have been a Martha more than not during my lifetime, and I wonder how many opportunities with Jesus that I have missed. I love the story of Martha and Mary, because it puts what is really important into perspective, and that is spending quality time with Jesus.  When I spend time with him, all of the overwhelming emotions I experience just drift away.  I love the thought that he requires nothing of me at this time, and I am free to feel the calming peace of his presence.   May I have more Mary moments in the future!
July 11, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you, for the great message!
August 28, 2015