Service in vain!
- you are worried and bothered about so many things.
This was Jesus' word to the busy serving
Martha. But it is sure enough a word that fits many a Christian whom in
their eagerness to serve Jesus, do the Christian life to a burden both
for themselves and their fellow wanderers. Not at least for the
Marysouls who loves to sit by Jesus' feet taken up with the savior
Himself - those who have found this incomprehensible treasure, which
they never can view enough, and grow in grace and knowledge of.
This the Marthasouls does not have any particular sense of, even if
they too can put Jesus high - yes, love Him! - But they have a more or
less rock steady belief in their own importance, and the necessity of
their service for the Master. Therefore, Jesus have to remind Martha of
exactly this which is so important for us to know: «But only one
thing is necessary.» (v.42).
Stop and consider: Does this word fits on you and your Christian
The Marthasoul thinks that Marys place leads to a totally passivity
- that is not the fact, but opposed to Martha - who obviously got a lot
of things done for Jesus, pure practical - Mary got to do the Lords
This is what Martha - and perhaps you too - needs to become aware
of. If the Lord is not allowed to serve you, He can never get to use you
in His service either. If He never gets to lead you in to His rest, He
never gets to use you active either. - How paradoxical it may sound.
You can sit down safely and without fear by Jesus' feet, taken up
with Himself, in that certainty that He can, and will, use the things
that are not! (1 Cor. 1:28).
But it is He who shall do it! It is not something that you shall
worry and bother
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