Sunday, 7 April 2013

MARY AND MARTHA


TEXT: LUKE 10:38-42
In our Christian walk with God; our service and our personal fellowship with God are both important. It is not enough to render service to God and not having a close fellowship with Him.
As important as rendering services in the house of God is, if you don’t fellowship with Him on a daily basis, God would not appreciate such service.

When Jesus got to the house of Mary and Martha; Martha was busy preparing food, taking care of the house, and making provision for Jesus and his disciples. Mary on the other hand sat at the feet of Jesus to learn “the word of life.” Martha went ahead by challenging her sister to join her in the preparation. Jesus replied Martha by saying “Martha, Martha you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”


The lesson here is that we should not occupy ourselves with the service we render in the house of God, and neglect our fellowship with God. It does not make any sense working vigorously without having any relationship with the one you are working for. It is when you have a close relationship with someone that you would know the person better, and this will enable you to know what you can do for him or her.

If you occupy yourself with work or service in the house of God, leaving out your fellowship with God, you may be doing the wrong thing or service. It is when you develop a close relationship with God that He would reveal to you where He wants you to function in His kingdom. Jesus told Martha that “Mary chose the one which is IMPORTANT and NO ONE CAN TAKE IT FROM HER.” Your personal fellowship with God is the best thing that can ever happen to you!

The revelation and knowledge gained when you are fellowshipping with God can never be taken from you, you may be told to leave your post or your department in the church. Another competent person may be available for the service you render in the house of God, but when you equip yourself with divine knowledge and revelation from the presence of God by fellowshipping constantly with Him. You will forever be relevant in His kingdom.


Fellowshipping with God gives you the right ideas and tools to do exploit in His vineyard. “Those that know their God; they shall be strong and do exploits,” (Daniel: 11-32b) In the same vein, fellowshipping with God alone without making effort to render any service in God’s house, makes one to look selfish and ungrateful. If Martha had sat like her sister (Mary) to be listening to Jesus, it would have been said that they are not hospitable. There should be a balance in our service and our fellowship with God. You cannot be working for God without walking with Him.

Render your service to God and at the same time, spend quality time with Him by studying, praising, and worshiping Him. Don’t let the work of God suffer because you have to fellowship with Him. Neither should you jeopardise your fellowship with God, while busy working for Him.
Many people have “forgotten” God, they have no relationship with Him, but they are busy working for Him. They do not know the God they are busy working for!

If everybody is concerned only with fellowshipping with God and nobody is interested in working in the house of God, how will the house of God be organised and conducive for people to worship? At the same time, if we concentrate solely on working for Him without knowing Him, what will our spiritual life be? Fellowshiping with God renews our strength and charges our “spiritual battery”. Do not neglect your “quiet time” be in His presence often and carry out your services diligently. “BE A LITTLE MARY AND A LITTLE MARTHA.” Combine both characters so that you can please God!