While Jesus and his followers were traveling, he went into a town, and a woman named Martha let him stay at her house. She had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach. But her sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went in and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Luke 10:38-42
God are you paying attention??
In this story we are reminded of a principle which applies to every Christian: Is it enough to serve God or does he want me to lay at his feet, and spend time with him? What are God’s expectations of me?
Honestly speaking sometimes we miss the point! We pray and get up right away, we go to church and think it’s to say Hi to our friends and pastors, to dress up or to listen to nice music (I know it sounds crazy, but people have said to me!). Truth is, not everyone goes to church to offer worship to God. Sometimes we can get so busy in our own distractions and desires that we dismiss God and then ask Him “Where are you God?”. I testified to my youth group tonight, as I taught Relationship versus Religion. I testified about my early days as a new convert and how we are so on fire about our new found love with Jesus, that we spend all day and everyday talking to him and commenting as the day goes about. We are simply always connected to the lord, and then something happens- we come back to planet earth. Back on planet earth, we have hard days, smooth days: we have works days, school days, family days, chores and the like. Simply stated: Life Happens. I spent all my days commenting to God about this and that, and one day God stopped me in my tracks and said : “You talk a lot, but you are not spending time with me.”. Of course as you imagine, my prayer life changed drastically and God began transforming and depositing way more into my spirit as the awesome lover that He is.
Why don’t we see it? Why do we miss what God is doing in our lives?
This scripture also brings to perspective that our attitude plays a huge role in our communion with God. Having a bad attitude will make us resentful, and we will speak as Martha did: God don’t you care?! I’m busy trying to make you feel comfortable, trying to make you dinner and coffee but my sister is being lazy keeping you company. I’m over here serving and trying to make you happy, but God is asking for something different than what you want to give him.
Don’t we sound like Martha!? God, I am working and serving you, I am sacrificing, trying to get things done, I’m trying to get my life together, but don’t you care Jesus? Are you paying attention to me? Are you even here?
Martha was asking for help but she was doing it with an attitude. She expressed resentment that her sister was able to hang out, while she was had to work. She demanded for Jesus to ‘tell Mary to help me,” and then she asked “don’t u see that I’ve been working and sacrificing?”. Sometimes we expect God to respond to our expectations, all the while He is waiting for us to ask humbly. We cannot receive what we expect if we do not express it to God and to people in the correct way.
Don’t let what you expected from God, to keep you from what God is trying to do.
Yes, expectations can lead to disappointment. But we are supposed to express ourselves humbly, knowing that God is sovereign. If He wills for us to have something, Amen: if He does not, Amen to that as well. We need to steer clear from having pride in our hearts, because pride keeps us with a sense of entitlement, a place of demand, as if we are owed something. Imagine that, God owes me something. God does not owe us anything, not even if we sacrifice to death, he is a just God and will restore all that is lost and will grow every seed sown.
Sometimes the very thing that is an attribute in our character, may be a negative thing when used or directed in the wrong way. I myself have a strong character, but this strong character has to humble itself before God. Like Martha, is a doer, a go getter: she liked to serve and to keep busy, and knew what she needed to make happen: but she intended to impose her will on God, and this is where her good nature became overshadowed by her attitude.
Lord Jesus, forgive us for not giving you time and for not delighting in you. Give us a peace like never before that we may enjoy your presence, and bask in your glory. May we meditate on your word, and be guided by your spirit. In Jesus name, Amen.