Posted by: pastordarren | March 19, 2009

The Tension of Discipleship – Mary and Martha

The scripture for this week comes from the book of Luke.  Luke tells this story of Jesus at the house of Mary and Martha having a wonderful dinner.  Martha was the one who took care of the kitchen and the hospitality where Mary sat in the presence of Jesus.  Read the text below.

Luk 10:38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house.
Luk 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching.
Luk 10:40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.”
Luk 10:41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things,
Luk 10:42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

This story not only shows us the tension between two sides of our discipleship but also the tension that often exists with in the church.  Whether it is personal or cooporate, we get concerned with and focused on things that draw us away from being in the presence of Jesus.

Where do you see the ‘balance’ if there is one?  What distracts you from being in the presence of Jesus?  Although we have both within us, are you more like Mary or Martha? 

Lent is a great time for us to put aside the business of life and church and sit at the feet of Jesus and listen and grow closer to Him.

Let me know your thoughts.

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