Luke 10:38-42 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. (KJV)
Jesus had gone to the house of Lazarus for the evening. Mary sat back and listened to what Jesus had to say. It was customary for the homeowner to provide the guests with both washing the feet and feeding them. Martha took responsibility for providing for the guests. But after a while she got upset and asked Jesus if he really cared about her. If he really cared he needed to tell Mary to come help her. But Jesus told her that Mary had chosen the most important part, learning about the ways of God and the kingdom of heaven. This that she had chosen would not be taken away from her.
How many of us really desire the things of God so much that we would let everything go just to be at Jesus feet? Even morehow many of us would lay our feelings aside just to do what Jesus asked us to do? Let's take it one step fartherhow many of us would bite our tongue when something needs to be said, for the situation at hand, but it would not reflect the mind of God? Needless to say the count would be very low. Every one of us really wants to be closer to God but as Christ said the spirit is indeed willing but the flesh is weak. The Holy Spirit is trying to get us to where we want to be. He is telling us just what to do and exactly what to say, but we are brushing it off so that we are not so much of an outsider and are still able to fit in. Why is it that when the Spirit tells us something it is considered just the flesh trying to make me stand out? We must learn the sound of the voice of the Spirit so that we can do what he asks us to do. It is not so much that we don't know the sound of the Holy Spirit as it is that we might be embarrassed by doing what he says to do. You see the Holy Spirit only tells us what the Father tells him, and the Father is not the least bit interested in politically correct or what is in style. He is only interested in completing the mission that he started at the beginning of time as we know it. What is that mission? That mission is to have a people that will worship him because they want to not because they are ordered to. He wants someone that will be peculiar in this world so that they will fit into the world that he lives in. He wants someone to be the square peg in the round hole. He wants someone that can turn their back on the things of this world and focus on the things of the world to come. He is looking for someone that just doesn't care about the things of this world.
Are you willing to turn your back on this world and everything in it just to be included in the world that God rules that is yet to come? Do you really care about Jesus and his world that you can't see hear touch or taste, or do really care more about this world that you can put your hands on and can tell about all of the physical attributes. What is it that you really care about? You have to care about something or you would not be here, so think about itWhat do you really care about? What are you willing to walk away from this world or the promise of Heaven? The promise is made by one that has never lied nor ever will.
Now I have one last questionHow many have heard what I have just talked about and not just sat here politely with everything in the world on your mind? What you heard this morning will go a long way in determining where your heart is. The Bible says that where your treasure is there your heart will be also. Where is your heart? Do you really care?
Duane L. Huffstutler, Written 2011, Faithwriters.com
Duane L. Huffstutler is the Sunday School Director at Oak Grove Pentecostal Ministries in Bonifay Florida. All scripture is from the King James Version (1611)