CHOICE:   3/26/19

“WORTH CONSIDERING”   (Across my desk today from Joel and well worth considering.”

Today’s Scripture
“There is really only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it—and I won’t take it away from her!”  (Luke 10:42, TLB)

Just One Thing
You can learn a lot from the story of Jesus’ visit to the home of Martha and Mary. While Martha busied herself preparing a meal, Mary sat at Jesus’ feet listening to what He was teaching. When Martha realized that Mary wasn’t helping her, she marched over, interrupted Jesus, and said, “Lord, this isn’t fair. I’m in here doing all the work and she just sits here!” Jesus’ reply must have stunned her: “Martha, you’re stressed out about so many different things. Only one thing really matters, and Mary has chosen what’s best.” In effect, Jesus was telling Martha to slow down and enjoy the moment. He could easily be saying the same thing to you! It’s good to be a hard worker, but it’s important that you know how to put your work aside and enjoy the blessings He’s bringing into your life. If so, look at your schedule today and choose what is best!

A Prayer for Today
“Lord, thank You for wanting to bless me. Give me eyes to see when I should serve and when I should just sit at Your feet and listen. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

My Thoughts:
The O.T. Prophet Joshua came to mind:  24:14,  14 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.  15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  16 And the people answered and said, God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods;

Now think about it, was Martha serving other god’s?    The gods of propriety and custom?  After all what would everyone think if the place is a mess when they come to see Jesus?  Was she really a Christian, well no.  This was a time of transition as Christians were born from above after the resurrection of Christ Jesus in the Upper Room.  The thought here is priority.  How do we find GOD’s priority in situations and become more concerned about what HE thinks than what our family, friends and others may think.  When we are born from above and become “Christians” then our first priority should be to seek to know our new LORD’s will for the new life that HE as given us.  Jesus tell us that Mary choose rightly.  And we also are endowed by our Creator with a free will to choose what we will spend our life doing.  And the investment can be for this world or for the next.  St. Paul writes in 1 Cor. 3:11 -15 the following message:  11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.  12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.  14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

So deeply consider,  would it not the best investment be to send your earthly life on to Christ Jesus for the Eternal Kingdom than to burn up the time in this short life time on earth.  So really, we can choose to send good stuff on ahead.  In fact the only things that we can keep, must be sent ahead.   That is what Christ Jesus was telling us about Mary.   What she was sending ahead could never be taken from her,  the time that she spent with Jesus.   Martha should have stopped and pulled up a chair.   Perhaps we should also pull up a chair once in a while …..?????

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful grace and mercy,   Ken<><
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