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Synopsis of What are Your Distractions ?
Good and joyful morning to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite…. We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the word of god.
Luke 10:38 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.
39 and she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 40 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.
41 and Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 42 but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
This passage brings up an immediate question….. Are you a Martha or a Mary?
Martha, you’ll notice, was the one who welcomed Jesus. Mary was the one that was distracted. She was worried and fretful. Mary was concerned about the worldly things that might reflect on their household….. their reputation.
Have you ever been to someone’s home to visit but, you were uneasy all evening? Because the hostess was uneasy all evening. Fretting about everything…. Unable to just enjoy the conversation…. The sharing of events… etc. On the way home you wonder if she just collapsed of exhaustion from hosting such a party in her home. That was Martha.
She missed the opportunity to be with the world’s number one guest…… her Lord.
Christ even chastised her by saying that “One thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part.”
Let me ask you….. What distracts you from visiting with Jesus. In fact ….. let me spin the wheel…. you know…. like the one on Wheel of Fortune….. you get to stop it where you want…. here goes.
Money – Work – Entertainment – Fantasy – Sex – Criticism – Perfection – Success – Vacation – Regret – Family – Impressing others. I’m sure you could come up with more.
Perhaps you may need to have a fast. Not a food fast. A fast of the thing or things that keeps you from what Christ called “the good part.”
Perhaps the striving for the quality of life we envision may interrupt us. Yet Exodus 20 : 5 says…. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy god am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
If we strive to be like the world…. staying busy to be like, look like, act like them…. what does God have to say about such? Exodus 34:12 Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee: 13 but ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves 14 for thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is jealous, is a jealous God:
Oh, but Brother Dick, I don’t make an idol of those things, I just enjoy them. They are an idol if….. if they interfere with your time with our jealous God. Remember….. Mary made a choice…. her decision. So did Martha.
It became time for Mary to ….. Practice Planned Abandonment. Let me repeat…. Practice Planned Abandonment. In other words, disciplining herself to say no to her desires.
I believe God wants us to have a spiritual deficit disorder. Wassat Bro Dick? A spiritual deficit disorder is having the feeling that you can’t wait to Listen to God.
Another way to say it…. Stop – look – listen. Or concentrate or meditate
Sort of like the story of the two youngsters who got se interested in the galaxies and stars of heaven that they went out to spend the night as is said…. “under the stars.”
They pitched their tent in a large clearing to get a better view.
They got so captured by the bright stars on such a clear night that one finally said “Isn’t it awesome that we can lay on our backs and see all of the sky at one time.” The other said…. “Oh, oh, somebody stole our tent.” Oh, to get into prayer time with this kind of passion. We could then be as Christ urged us into solitude.
Being alone with the father was certainly important to Jesus… He urged us to stillness. The verse address does not come to me just now, but how about……. “….. Be still and know that I am God.”
We are also called to prayer in silence.
Hebrew 2:20 But the Lord is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him. In other words….. Be Quiet. I’ve heard it said….. “In God’s presence…. silence is the womb of intimacy.”
To enter into the holy place of the tabernacle was to stand before the lamp-stand. The lamp-stand is the place of enlightenment where we are to be silent and listen for that small still voice of god.
Also…. We are encouraged to STAY. TLB….. Exodus chapter 11 Inside the tent of meeting, the Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. Afterward Moses would return to the camp, but the young man who assisted him, Joshua son of Nun, stayed behind in the tent of meeting.
Lets change course a little bit…. Lets look at how the before mentioned distractions can not only interfere with our prayer with God, it can cause us to be lax in our obedience to his commands. To the point of losing our soul.
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