We’re all Southerners here, so we can talk about getting whippings with a hickory switch or a belt. My spanking tool of choice is a wooden spoon. Pampered Chef can correct as well as cook. I specifically remember my butt stinging after my Momma wore me out good. Sometimes I would even pull my drawers down so I could see how red my hind end was. I’m going to tell y’all something, and I promise with my hand up it is so. When I feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit really strong, I feel a sting, like my butt is getting worn out. I love it. You want to know why?? Because, I know the Holy Spirit is strong within me, and He is working on me. His correction, though uncomfortable, is exciting! ……and makes for a really good blog.
I got my tail tore up for being a Martha.
Martha? She was the sister to Lazarus and Mary. She loved Jesus. He was her friend and He was coming for dinner. She was an aggressive woman in her planning and preparation. She was the worker bee type, that got the job done and got it done right. Unafraid to delegate jobs and manage the situation, Martha was the host with the most. Just imagine in your mind that Jesus is coming for supper. Jesus, y’all. You want to talk about cleaning house? Shoot, she rearranged the coat closet, waxed the floor, and scrubbed the toilet with a toothbrush. (Imagination, y’all.) The carpets were clean, the silver polished, and the curtains ironed. Jesus is coming. The supper has to be just right. Turkey? Ham? Both. Jesus is coming. Biscuits, cornbread, turnips, potatoes, and corn, just will not be enough. Jesus is coming. How could she ever thank Him for raising her brother from the dead!? Turkey, ham and a roast. Jesus is coming and there is much work to be done.
Jesus and His disciples arrive. Martha is busy in the kitchen. She stirs the tea and mashes the potatoes. Her brow is covered in sweat and her hair is starting to frizz. Where is Mary? She was suppose to be buttering the bread! Frustrated, she stomps into the living room to find her sister SITTING and listening to Jesus. Has she lost her cotton pickin’ mind??? We have a bunch of important stuff to do! Mary, get your tail in here. These biscuits ain’t gonna butter themselves.
Now let’s imagine my life, and quite possibly yours too. I have a new song for church on Sunday. I pray I get it just right. Jesus is coming. My heart pounds and my shaking hands sweat. I stand to sing. Is the music loud enough? Can I remember my words? The pressure is on. Jesus is coming. I return to my seat and begin my mental check list. I have ladies ensemble at 3:00 and choir practice at 4. I have to pick out the youth choir music and prepare my Awana lesson. There is so much to do. Jesus is coming. How could I ever thank Him for all He has done for me? Just last year He healed my Daddy from cancer! I’m going to sign up for children’s church and see if the jail ministry could use my help, right after my committee meeting at 2:00. Amen. Amen??? Wait, what? Church is over? Already? Oh. Well, I better grab a bite to eat and get to work. Jesus is coming and there is much work to be done.
Us Marthas. Whew. We are a handful. Our intentions are pure. We love Jesus so much and we want to serve Him. A lot. The problem, fellow Martha, is that we are to busy with our practical duties of serving to worship. We are to busy for one on One time with Jesus. When Martha was aggravated with Mary for sitting and listening to Jesus, He said, “…you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42). Serving the Lord is sometimes easier than worshipping Him. When we worship, our focus is on God and God alone. It’s in that time we Praise Him, and listen to Him, and many times receive correction from Him. It’s hard to focus on God when your the leader of your personal 3 ring circus. That, Martha, is when your service becomes busywork and you miss out on His greatest blessing.
Jesus wants a relationship with us way more than He wants us to be the chairman of 4 committees. Miss Martha, take a deep breath, sit down at the feet of Jesus, and worship Him.