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.
The 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
Unfortunately, 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.
So, 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.