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Equally Martha & Mary

at the feet of JesusI am very introspective.

Last week I was contemplating and I realised that I was a Martha. I was reflecting on Luke 10:38-42 where Jesus visits the home of Lazarus and his sisters Mary and Martha. Martha welcomed Jesus into house clearly the one with the gift of hospitality and proceeded to get things ready in the kitchen etc. while Mary  was more content to sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to Him speak. Martha became very annoyed because she was overwhelmed with all the hosting while Mary just sat there having a good time!

Very recently I found myself in a place of frustration, worn out, feeling very empty, no enthusiasm for any of my roles or responsibilities, overwhelmed. Looking back I realised that I had spent so much time giving and working like Martha, that I hadn’t taken the time to re-charge my batteries & fill my cup so that I could pour out into others again. I didn’t have time to read the word and maintain my personal walk with God, I was coasting on the reserves that I’d filled through the years.

Jesus said to Martha when she complained to Him about the situation and asked Him to tell Mary to help, that Mary had chosen the better thing.It is so important when in a leadership role or just in general to make time to sit at the feet of Jesus like Mary. This Worship song by Kari Jobe- ‘The more I seek you’ became life to me.

I want to sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand.tree by river
Lay back against you and breathe, feel your heart beat
This love is so deep, its more than I can stand
I melt in your peace, its overwhelming

Matthew 1:14 states: ‘But he answered, ‘It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ I must have heard this scripture a hundred times from childhood to now, but it’s so true. Because I didn’t take the time to eat the word, I was Spiritually dying. Reserves are fine for a while but reserves are what they are, a finite supply for a time of hardship. Unless those reserves are replenished, you will find yourself in a state of lack; a dangerous place to be.

God wants us to flourish. But we have to stay connected to Him. Psalm 1:1-3 springs to mind. Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,  and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—  whatever they do prospers.’ As long as we stay connected to God by meditating on His word day and night (stay connected with ) along with living the kind of life He expects of us, we will flourish like a tree that has a direct feed to water.

Remember the Word of God is the manual for our life (Psalms 119:105), if we do not know what the manual says, we will never e able to make full use of this life that we have. We may be able to figure some things out on our own, but there is so much more that we will never tap into because our mind cannot perceive what it has never been inspired by.

There’s a time to be like Martha and work, but never forget to be like Mary; take time out despite the responsibilities and pressures of life to sit at the feet of Jesus, bask in His presence, top up our reserves and then some so that we can live the prosperous lives God knows we’re fully capable of living!

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