My wife and I have so much to be thankful for from our time at Northwest Church. As I prayed about what to offer you this weekend, I couldnt think of anything better to offer than the Word of God and a great look at who He is. Lets open to Luke, chapter 10 and pray.
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lords feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me. But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Martha welcomed Him in...she initiated His coming in...and THEN freaked out about the condition of her houseMartha wasnt evil, she was trying to host JESUS. Royalty of royalty, King of kings
imagine Him coming to the door. You compose yourself, move the laundry off the couch to make room for him to sit
then, dump it in the linen closet. You walk into your kitchen, lean on the counter and take a deep breath. Smile, then freak out! Wheres the silver? I dont have 14 sets! Ah!
Marthas preparations were too little too late by her standards.
Martha was so consumed by how unclean her house was that she
forgot who was IN it.
Martha was irritated that Mary wasnt aware of her sisters need for help.
When Jesus came back to raise Lazarus, Martha went out to greet Him.
When shes outside the house, her priorities became clear. But in the messy house, her vision became short-sided. (Jn 11:20)
Rabbis dont teach women, what in the WORLD is Jesus doing?
Mary was expected to assist her sister, not host the guests.
Hosting a stranger was a regular part of culture, Jesus and his disciples could count on someone hosting them.
Jesus knew the house would be a mess. He dropped by unannounced with 12 guys for supper. Whos prepared for THAT everyday?
Jesus wanted to be with her and Mary more than in a clean house.
Jesus doesnt want Martha wasting time cleaning house at the expense of missing time with Him.
Jesus reveals fellowship as more important than tasks, etiquette or servitude.
Mary sat with Jesus. I imagine her excitement as He came as being like my friend Hannah. Oh Hey!
What can we learn from this?
You cant clean enough in preparation for Jesus to come in.
- Hes seen Heaven, we cant compete with that.
- Hes seen every sin and paid for every single sin.
- He offers to clean us. (1 John 1:9)
When Jesus comes in, His body comes with Him.
- Jesus brought friends with Him into Marthas house.
- Jesus has people that are a part of your life because Hes a part of yours.
We are to choose loving one another over social norms.
- As hosts, we must value others more than our preparations.
- We mustnt avoid gathering due to unreasonable cultural
- As guests, lets set our hearts on being with our friend(s), not having an expectation to be served.
We need to check in with Jesus about the one thing thats needed from HIS perspective.
The Word says By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another (Jn 13:35). Something tells me that means our love will be expressed differently than those outside the kingdom. Jesus absolutely lived in a way that revealed the incredible love of God and we too, are called to reveal His love.
1) Do cultural housekeeping expectations/etiquette keep you from hosting?
2) How often do you gather with other believers simply for fellowship?
3) Do you struggle with receiving Gods grace? The reality of Christ being willing to cleanse your life? If yes, how do you plan to overcome that? If no, why not?