Grace for Modern Marthas
“As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen.”
Luke 10:38-40 (MSG)
For many people, including Christians, there is precious little time for anything other than the demands of life in our twenty first century. For many, mornings start with getting the children up, breakfast on the run, bundling offspring into the car to get them to school, and then off to a day’s work to make ends meet and pay the bills. Maybe a quick prayer in the shower or a prayer in the car on the way to work – or not at all. The tide of life’s busyness has so many in its grip with what seems to be no way out, and so little time for the Father’s business.
Long ago Martha was too busy for Jesus, her time and energy taken up with the traditional responsibilities that women had – no men in the kitchen in those days. Mary, on the other hand, sat at Jesus’ feet, soaking up his teaching and probably ignoring the disapproving looks of the men – after all, surely Jesus’ teaching was men’s stuff.
But was Martha, her time taken up with her domestic duties, locked out from the grace of God and the guidance of the Spirit? When Jesus arrived after Lazarus’ death, it was she who went out to meet him. Jesus revealed himself to her as the source of resurrection and life, and asked her what she believed. It’s a question he asked his disciples some time earlier and Peter had replied: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). Now this committed, but industrious, woman confidently affirms the same understanding: “I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world” (John 11:27). As Jesus told Peter, this was an expression of faith that came only by revelation (Matthew 16:15-17).
Jesus hasn’t changed, so surely we can rejoice that the mercies of God are renewed every day for his struggling overburdened children as he leads us through our hectic days.
Loving Father, we thank you for mercy and gracious compassion. You will not leave us, even when we are so often overwhelmed by our busy days, and have so little time for you.
Study by Hilary Buck
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Hilary Buck pastors Grace Communion in Lewes. Like us on www.facebook.com/GCLewes
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