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, doest 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).
There are divisions everywhere you look! We find divisions in our family, work, friendships, and church. The above passage of scripture shows division between two sisters.
Martha was caught up in preparing a meal and in serving everyone. Jesus was their guest so she wanted everything to be perfect. She was busy with all the social graces of entertaining guests even down to the smallest minute detail that she became overwhelmed. She stopped enjoying what she was doing and started murmuring, complaining, and fault-finding. She wanted Jesus to see her plight while Mary just sit there doing nothing. Martha was steaming inside because Mary was not helping her! Martha wanted sympathy, pity, and her sister Mary rebuked! Division in their home had already showed its’ ugly head before or it was just about to start. Let’s see what happens…..
I know it can be unbearable at times trying to serve day in and day out without any noticeable or positive change. You feel used, abused, and taken for granted. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not (Galatians 6:9). I realize it is hard to show benevolence especially when you are being ill-treated by those you are serving. Many people live in such dire circumstances where sufferings for Christ is a daily reality. There are family members who oppose your christian walk with Jesus. His TRUTH causes divisions! I am come to send fire on the earth, and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished! Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather divisions: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daugher in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law (Luke 12:49-53).
In the above passage we are told that Jesus did not come to bring peace on this earth as we understand it. He did not come to change the social structure of this world. He came to change His people and bring reconciliation between God and us again. Jesus is clearly showing how following Him, though it brings peace between God and us, it usually brings division to relationships around us. Every time the Bible speaks about offering peace to people (Luke 2:14; 7:50, 8:48:10:5-6), we have to understand that peace comes to those who have responded to God’s call of salvation.
A sword divides and exposes as it cuts. When people respond to Christ’s call it typically brings division to families. I know family members who will not even speak to one of their own because he or she follows Jesus. There are christians thrown out of their home and renounced by their family for their faith in Christ Jesus. The sword Jesus brings exposes the true love of our hearts, whether it is Jesus or someone or something else. In 1 Corinthians 1 Paul speaks of the cross being folly to most of the world, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. Where we should be a people who strive for reconciliation, the cross, by its nature, will divide the proud and arrogant from the broken and humble.
Back to the story about Martha and Mary. Jesus said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things. Jesus reproves Martha by his words! He let her know that she must attend to family cares but not to the point of losing her blessing in serving. Yes…we serve our family out of our love for them but we are not to be so overcome with the cares of this life we neglect what is really needed….the time we share with Jesus. Mary served Jesus by sitting at his feet receiving ’The Words of Life’ that gave her strength, power, love, joy, a sound mind, encouragement, forgiveness, instruction in righteousness, living water, and daily bread! She desired Jesus over all other cares of life! She made a wise choice to sit at the feet of Jesus where she received help to be an overcomer and a victorious christian! She chose what was of eternal value. May we and our loved ones choose Jesus Christ over anyone or anything else! Is Jesus first in our life? We should desire to sit at the feet of Jesus experiencing His glory and awesome presence!
May we pray~~~Lord Jesus.. we unite in this prayer for all families around the world to come to the knowlege of your salvation. Unite each family in your love, unity, and peace as they make you their Lord. Father give us the ability to bring our family together as one in You. Lord Jesus…I know that all things are possible through you, so we pray for all families to be saved, healed, restored, and united in fellowship with You and our heavenly Father. Thank you in Jesus name…Amen~~~