“Cutting to the Chase” Meditations 23: Over Active?
Lk 10:39,40 “Mary … sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.”
We’re still checking out who we are and can become. We have considered this month the fact that we were known before we were born by God, that He sees us and knows our potential and weaves the circumstances of life so that our potential can be drawn out, fulfilled, and that we have joy. I suspect there are many Christians for whom that thought comes as a surprise, that God wants us to have joy and yet Jesus, speaking to his disciples, declared, “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (Jn 15:11) When the word ‘complete’ is used it means there is nothing further needed or to be added. It is sufficient. That is the sort of life that Jesus calls us to.
However, there are things in life that would mitigate against that and that is why we’re briefly looking at Mary and Martha to illustrate this. We’re all different but one of the greatest temptations today is to be a Martha. One modern writer wrote of a modern restlessness, of ‘not enough yet’ and ‘greater effort required’. These, he said are everywhere. One might add, especially in the church where the enemy seeks to con us into believing we can impress God by activity. We impress Jesus by sitting at his feet, hearing his directions, and only then going with his power and anointing. Another lesson to be learned?
Let’s think on this some more as we seek to cut to the chase, to go deeper in our understanding of the life we are called to. We often refer to God as Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides. When we first turned to Christ is was with the awareness of our need. It was linked with a need to repent which means, as is often said, recognizing a need for a one hundred and eighty degree turn about. It means to leave our old life and put ourselves in Jesus hands for him to be our Saviour – to save us from the self that had been pulling us down, to save us from Satan who had led us astray and away from God’s design from us, and save us from the world and it’s godless, self-centred ideas and lifestyles.
As we turned away from all that and turned to God, we came to One who was going to also be Lord and lead us into a new way of living and he would teach us and provide His Holy Spirit to indwell us. In these ways He has provided for us and continues to provide for us. The enemy would seek to whisper unbelief into our minds so that we think we need to be ACTIVE in “working out our own salvation” (Phil 2:12) but he doesn’t speak about what follows – “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” we’ll think about that some more tomorrow but for the moment, let God provide for you – wisdom, grace, guidance, direction, and so be blessed, full of joy.