Thursday, March 15, 2012

Are You in Need of a New Perspective?

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." (Luke 10:38-42, New King James Version)

Ok, to say that Martha needed a new perspective was putting it mildly. When she couldn't get her sister to help her in the kitchen, she commenced to do what children do whenanother child does something to agravate them.   She tattled! There was an aspect here though that she wasn't seeing. With Mary ignoring her not-so-suttle hints to help her prepare the meal, she was missing the more important thing. She was missing the worship. She was missing the worship of the Savior. Mary knew what was important. Nothing, not even her sister's atempts for her assistance compelled in comparrison to the thing that the Lord seeks. He seeks worshipers, not busy little machines. I love what Jesus says in a later verse, "Martha, Martha, you are troubled and worried about many things. But Mary has done the right thing and it will not be taken away from her." I believe that Martha got a new perspective that day. Ladies, the next time you have a guest in your home, think of it as Jesus entering your home. Would you be more interested in preparing just the right meal, or would you bow on your knees in worship? Jesus would've been happy if Martha would've given him a hotdog on a bun, just as long as he could've had her worship. Let me encourage you, worship the Lord instead of making sure every little detail is perfect. He's not interested in a perfectionest,He's interested in a worshiper. So, let's worship before we work.

 Lord, help us to realize the importance of worship and not busyness. Help us get back to the worship of You. In Jesus Name Amen.


  1. Worship before we work...I like that. Mary Jane

  2. I was going to say the same thing, Mary Jane. That's a powerful statement: Worship before we work.

    A good reminder to seek Him first. For me, that means spending time in His Word before starting my day. He always reveals something special and applicable to my life.

    Thanks, Jamie!

  3. Always good to keep this perspective in mine. Thanks for sharing

  4. These are great thoughts Jamie, Thank you for sharing your heart with us. We have much to learn from Mary & Martha indeed. :) Blessings, Hester ;)

  5. Jamie, I wrestle with this often, but the Lord is teaching me the profound truth of this principle. When I seek Him first I have time for everything else - not to mention a smile to go along with it. Thanks for the reminder. Love you!

  6. MY oh my, is this a message for me! He doesn't demand perfection from me, he desires my presence. May He remind me of that every moment of the day!!
    Love you!!