Choosing The Best Place – Sunday the 5th August 2017

Choosing the best place

 

Feeling overwhelmed on Monday last week, I needed prayer ASAP.  Everything had been building up over the last 3 weeks, the stress, worrying about everyone, running about everywhere and feeling I wasn’t getting anything done , I was at breaking point and in all honesty and sincerity, that’s how I felt.

Let me tell you , being a Pastor is not easy. Worst thing you could say to a Pastor is “ you only work one day a week”

Please don’t think I’m looking for sympathy. I am being open this morning and in being open I learned something of great value and significance that I can pass on to the Church this morning.

 

I went and got prayed for and just laid on the carpet of the living room in tears.

 

“ Lord I pray that you would speak to Pastor Jimmie’s heart right now”

Please choose people of prayer and passion to be open with, get yourself into a place of humility and the Lord responds!!!

That was all that was needed in that prayer for to Jesus responded instantly.

 

All I heard was ““Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”

I knew this story well and knew straight away what Jesus was saying to me….

 

Luke 10:38-42

38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’[a] feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”

41 And Jesus[b] answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

 

 

There was nothing wrong with what Martha was doing, it was her attitude that was wrong, she was coming from a place of stress and anxiety,  she wasn’t enjoying (obviously serving Jesus) because she was complaining about it.

 

Philippians 2:14

“Do everything without complaining or arguing”

How can we be in the presence of Jesus and moan??

Jesus would have probably encouraged Martha if she served with all humility.

It’s not everyday that the King of Kings comes to your house!!

 

Jesus wasn’t having a go at her, just letting her know the attitude of her heart!!

 

Now lets focus on the attitude of another heart.; Mary’s  ………

 

And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’[a] feet and heard His word.

 

42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

 

The Message

38-40 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. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”

41-42 The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”

 

Some translations say “ Mary has chosen the best place”

 

You mean serving isn’t the best place?

 

According to Jesus – sitting at his feet and listening is the “essential place, the best place, the good part”

 

This attitude, outlook and perspective is the kind of approach God desires in all His disciples. Jesus highly regarded Mary’s approach.

 

We are all called to do Kingdom work , but The point of this passage, however, is about making Jesus and his word our first priority.

 

Jesus knew what business was like, teaching everyday, healing everyday, thousands

He went away and rested….he chose the best place in amongst the craziness and

 

With His Father, at His feet

Luke 15:16

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed

 

Were do you get your value from?

Is it from business, Look Lord, look at what im doing for you?

Or is it…..im at your feet Lord, speak to me, teach me and renew me. Then I can ove on from here to serve, with strength and full of the Holy Spirit”

 

 

The first commandmant?

Matthew 22

34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.[d] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[e] 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

 

There has to be a balance between serving and resting

Between speaking and listening

Listen first and speak later

 

“Rest is a weapon given to us by God, the enemy hates it, because he wants you stressed and occupied”.

 

 

I have worked with Richard this week and it has been the most relaxing week I have had in  years…physically draining, but mentally and spiritually renewing!!

 

Comparison only breeds anxiety and discontent

 

How dare she do this to me? My own sister! Doesn’t she see that I’m doing everything on my own?!

And that’s where discontent begins –Isn’t that the same kind of trap we get caught in sometimes?

When you’re struggling, go to the best Source first.

Martha’s a smart cookie, though. When she gets disgruntled by the unfairness of her situation, she wastes no time. She knows exactly who can fix things. Martha marches right up to the highest authority in the room and commands Jesus, “Make my sister come and help me.”

There’s something to be said for knowing who can help. Sometimes we can be tempted to share our problems with everyone else – prayer requests, social media, family, your best friend when the wisest thing to do is to approach the One who can actually fix things first. Martha knew what she was doing.

 You can tell Jesus anything.

How interesting that Jesus doesn’t rebuke Martha for her words. He doesn’t say, “‘Make your sister come and help you?’ don’t you dare  speak to me that way. Don’t you know who I am?” Jesus accepts Martha where she is, as she is, and listens to her and gently challenges her priorities.

 

 

 

Another story same sisters

 

John  11

11 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”

When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was. Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”

The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to stone You, and are You going there again?”

Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”

12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” 13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.

14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”

 

How would you feel if someone you loved was seriously ill, or had died, and Jesus said to you, “I’m glad I wasn’t there, so now you will really believe”?

If you’re anything like me, you’d be shocked.

And still, in his sovereignty, Jesus knew what he was doing. He not only knew he had the power to raise Lazarus from the dead, he also knew that the outcome would be a deeper, richer, more fulfilling faith for his disciples.

 

 

16 Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles[a] away. 19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20 Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.” 29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but was[b] in the place where Martha met Him. 31 Then the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”[c]

32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled. 34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?”

They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”

35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, who opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”

38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”

Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”

Jesus only asks that they do something at his command and not worry whats on the other side !!

40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.[d] And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. 42 And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.” 43 Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” 44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and told them the things Jesus did. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this Man works many signs

 

They say the same things, but with different responses

Both responses are right, one is vocal and full of faith, the other is worship and heartfelt

22 But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.”

23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”

25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. 26 And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

 

Mary met Jesus in the same place as Martha (v. 30). She said the same thing as Martha (v. 21 and v. 32), “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died

 

32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”

Mary then went to see Jesus – at the right time. She went when He called her, She went without delay

  1. 1 Wait on God by conditioning your heart
  2. Wait on God’s Call (v28)

    3. Wait for God’s Timing (v28)

    4. Listen for God’s Call (v25-27, 28-29)

    5. Don’t delay when God Calls (v29)

    6. Keep Focus on Him (v31) —
    · Not the problem, the situation or your feelings

    7. Worship Him at His Feet

Martha Syndrome:
Fret & Worry
Complain
Focus on feelings
Anxious
Unbelief

Mary Solution:
Quiet
Peaceful
Prayerful
At Jesus’ feet
Faith

Author: Bathgate Elim

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