Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 May 3

Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
(Luke 10:38-42)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about having visitors is someone has to serve.  Some people say that Martha should have done what Mary did and just sit and listen to Jesus.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could just go to church, sit, and listen to the word?   But really, I think that Martha understood the meaning of servant-hood.  She was willing to serve.  Maybe she had heard Jesus when He said that the Son of man came not to be served but to serve.  But when she asked Jesus didn’t He care that her sister had left her to serve alone and to tell her to help her, Jesus told her that she was careful and troubled about many things, and that her sister had chosen the good part.  What was Martha troubled about?  Was she concerned that Jesus and those with Him would not be pleased if they were not served? Would she feel bad knowing that He came, and she gave Him nothing to eat?  Often, we are troubled, when the man of God or other guests stop by, we find things to do and blame others as being non-helpful.  Jesus knew that Martha was troubled and so He visited in hope that she would listen so that He could help her.  Are you a Martha today?  Are you troubled about things?  If so, why not sit and listen to Jesus and allow Him to direct your path. That’s why He stops by your house.

Sing: What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear. What a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere, we should never be discouraged, take it to the Lord in prayer.

Thought For Today: Take “U” out of trouble and it will disappear (Parker)

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