One That Worshipped God
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Let’s go to a little village outside the city of Jerusalem, located approximately, 2 miles East of the temple. This little village called Bethany, is where Mary, Martha and Lazarus live. Jesus has been invited by Martha to come to her home, and while He is there, she becomes very involved preparing for Him. We all know how preoccupied we can become when guests come to our home and in Martha’s case, this was a very special guest, the Lord of Heaven was visiting.
Mary, the sister of Martha, finds a place at the feet of Jesus and lingers there–––listening to His every word. Martha, on the other hand, is absorbed in preparing for her invited house guest and is cumbered about with much serving. Martha is distracted, and in a frenzy, over the unnecessary and elaborate details of her preparation. She becomes so distraught and dismayed that she complains to Jesus; “Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? “ If she complained to the LORD and rebuked Him, I wonder what she would do to others in the house? Martha then gives the LORD a command, “Tell her to help me! Don’t You care?”
The LORD answers Martha, and tells her that she is anxious and troubled about so many things, and is allowing inconvenience and anxiety to smother her. “Martha,” He says, “Only one thing is necessary, and Mary is choosing that good part which shall not be taken from her.” What is it that Mary is choosing over serving, planning and preparing with Martha? She is desiring to sit at the feet of Jesus, honoring Him. Mary is making a choice in her life; to be satisfied in Christ and in worshipping Him, first.
Thought: Obviously, serving the Lord and others is part of the Christian life, along with expressing Godly attitudes, characterizing our faith in Christ. We will be known by what we do, and serving Christ will take place when we have devoted ourselves to worshipping, honoring and praising Him. There will be times in our lives when we will be like Martha, and become involved and burdened about much doing. The true worshiper of God, is the one who is consumed with praising and honoring Christ. How can we serve Him, if we don’t first, worship Him. Worship is synonymous with being a Christian or salvation. Acts 18:7a says, And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that worshipped God. Acts 18:13 reads, Saying, This fellow persuadeth men to worship God ( a soul winner) contrary to the law. A genuine Christian will worship the true God, and anything that is treated with more concern than God in their life, is idol worship. When we serve God to gain self esteem or self-gratification, we are putting our own appetites before God and making what we DO, idolatry.
And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness (Psalm 29:2).