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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Luke 10:40-41

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." And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things."
Luke 10:40-41

Are you the type of person that can't rest or sit down for devotional time unless everything else is taken care of first? Not only that but you get frustrated with others who see you running around but choose to sit down and open their Bible rather than help you? If you are, you're a Martha.

The thing about Marthas is this, they convince themselves that they are doing what's necessary and then pride themselves in their willingness to always be the sacrificial lamb. The one that has to always take it on the chin so that life can keep moving forward without everything falling apart. This starts to create a self-righteous attitude whereby a Martha will start looking down and complaining about how others don't do what they do and how unfair it is that everyone else gets to sit down and relax. I know this because, despite not being a female, I'm very much a Martha in action.

I've grown enough in the Lord to know that being the sacrificial lamb who tries to make sure everything gets done before you sit down isn't always the healthiest thing to do. But that doesn't mean I don't fall into that trap from time to time, and I, like many others, need to be reminded of what Jesus says to Martha when she starts complaining about her sister. In verse 42, Jesus says, "But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."

No dish uncleaned or floor unvacuumed is worth the missed time we should have spent with Jesus.

Pastor Jason Witt



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