Don’t allow anything to distract you from the gracious presence of Jesus Christ
Everything else can wait when you are in the presence of Jesus Christ is the essence of the story about Martha and Mary found in (#Luke 10:38-42), It is both intriguing and instructive. I think every Christian should take note. Because so many of us are like Martha and so few of us is like Mary.
This is how the author begins: Jesus and his disciples were out and about one day. They entered a village, and a woman named Martha received them into her home. Martha had a sister called Mary. Both women were excited to have Jesus in their house.
Martha was a kind woman. She liked to serve others. So, it
was not a surprise that after she welcomed Jesus and his disciples, she went
straight to the kitchen to prepare a meal. Mary who always help her sister in
the kitchen went and sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to his words.
Meanwhile, Martha was distracted and overwhelmed by all the work she had to do in the kitchen. She approached Jesus and asked him if it did not bother him that Mary had left her to do all the work in the kitchen. But, instead of instructing Mary to help her sister, Jesus scolded Martha. Martha! Martha! He said! You are worried about many things. But only one thing is needed. And Mary has chosen that right path, and it shall not be taken away from her.
It seems to me, like many of us, the one thing Martha needed was to receive the gracious presence of Jesus Christ and listen to his words. Because in the end, it does not matter who you are or what you do. If you do not have Christ, you have nothing.
Hence, everything else can wait when you are in the presence of Jesus Christ.
New Testament is the blueprint for how to live a Christ-centered life; follow
its instructions, and you are on your way to heaven’s gate.
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers
many of us (Christians), pick and choose what we should and should not follow.
For instance, in the book of (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), apostle Paul warns
Christians not to become unequally yoked together with unbelievers. Still, yet
many of us do.
But there are consequences to our actions. The Bible calls us the light of the world. And as you know, light and darkness are not compatible. There is bound to be enmity between the two.
to avoid unnecessary hostilities, and to preserve one’s faith and belief,
single followers of Jesus Christ should resist becoming yoked with unbelievers.
Moreover, the two can only coexist peacefully if either or both parties are
willing to give up something. And history has thought us that often the believer
is the one who makes the concessions.
I am a product of an unequally yoked relationship. My mother was a prayer warrior, and my father was a wayward man. He drinks, smokes, and curses like a sailor. Often, he would come home liquored up, and all hell breaks loose. He curses, breaks things and carries on like a mad man. My poor mother could not convince him to change, so she compromised her faith and belief. And if she were still alive she would tell you that she did it for the kids. May her soul rest in peace.
Jesus said we should do what our religious leaders told us,
but we should be careful that we do not do everything they do; because many of
them often do not practice what they preach. He called them hypocrites and
other not so cute names.
Religious hypocrisy is rampant in our Churches. And it should be rooted out. Too many of us do not practice what we preach. We live double lives. And we often pick sides and pull punches when we are called upon to call out sin. Sometimes we play the hear no evil see no evil game if it suits our purpose.
Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Therefore, one cannot be salt one day and sugar the next, light one day and darkness the next. We must be consistent in attitude and behavior. And we must call the game as we see it and let the chips fall where they may.
Sometimes we get carried away with the accolades and titles which the world bestowed upon us that we forget to tell God thanks for all he has done. He has pulled many of us out of mire clay, others from sinking sands. Let’s show Him our love and gratitude by surrendering our hearts and lives to follow Him.
King of my life, I crown Thee now, Thine shall the glory be; Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow, Lead me to Calvary. Refrain: Lest I forget Gethsemane, Lest I forget Thine agony; Lest I forget Thy love for me, Lead me to Calvary. Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid, Tenderly mourned and wept; Angels in robes of light arrayed Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept. Let me like Mary, through the gloom, Come with a gift to Thee; Show to me now the empty tomb, Lead me to Calvary. May I be willing, Lord, to bear Daily my cross for Thee; Even Thy cup of grief to share, Thou hast borne all for me
Psalm 41:3 New International Version (NIV) 3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed and restores them from their bed of illness.
If you are a Christian, who is carrying a heavy load that God hasn’t seen fit to lighten or remove, don’t give in to bitterness, rebellion, or self-pity.
When your emotions well up, as they inevitably will, think about apostle Paul. He had an affliction that God never saw fit to remove. Be honest with God, he understands. As long as you keep your life open to him, your affliction will never touch your heart.