Greetings brothers and sisters… Pastor Rob here
What would you do if you knew that the Lord Jesus was coming to your house for dinner tomorrow? Yikes! Red alert! The house must be spotless; cleaned, dusted, mopped no dirty dishes in the sink! And what about the meal? It has to be, well… heavenly! I mean, what would Jesus really like to eat? (Probably not pork chops or ham…hmm)
In the book of Luke, we find two sisters who were faced with this dilemma… Jesus was coming for dinner! Martha and Mary were their names, and they lived in a town called Bethany with their brother, Lazarus. The Bible says that Martha welcomed Jesus into her home and that her sister, Mary, “sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word.” But, while Mary sat in the presence of the Lord, Martha was scurrying about the house, distracted and anxious about all the preparations for her special Guest. She became so annoyed with her sister, that she actually scolded Jesus for not telling her to get to work! She said, “Lord do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” Poor Martha! You can almost see her with her apron on, hands on her hips, standing in front of Jesus with an exasperated look on her face! Jesus responds to her gently, yet firmly. The gracious Lord has a very important lesson for her and for us: “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:38-42)
Let’s not be too hard on Martha. After all, she was just trying to serve the Lord! But, in her serving she took her eyes off of Jesus. So her service became anxious toil instead of a joyful offering to Him. Mary, on the other hand, chose “the good part.” And what was that good part? Sitting at Jesus’ feet; hearing His word; communing with Him. Mary chose worship over work; she chose relationship over religion.
So…what if Jesus did come over to your house for dinner? I think we can safely say that in Christ’s economy, the food would be secondary. The most important reason for His visit would be His fellowship with you! Well, guess what? Jesus is already at your house right now; and you don’t have to feed Him! But you can enjoy “the good part,” sitting at His feet, communing with Him, and partaking of His Holy Word.