My three previous posts are entitled: Invade me and Involve me, Just for the Unjust, and Kind words, Kind ways. The next phrase in the ABC progression is: Lord of my Life.
Lord of my Life? In the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, Jesus was speaking to a room full of people who were hungry to hear truth. His words were full of life and peace; the crowd sat a His feet, feasting on every word. Meanwhile, Martha was scurrying back and forth in the kitchen preparing food for the people. When she looked up and saw Mary sitting at Jesus’ feet, she became indignant. She asked Jesus, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” Jesus, who loved Martha dearly, said in response, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered by so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one…”. At this particular time, Martha was allowing the distractions of the world to keep Jesus from being the Lord of her life. (see Luke 10:38-42)
Lord of my Life? Jesus continued His conversation with Martha and pointed to her sister saying, “For Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”(Luke 10:42) Mary often sat at the feet of Jesus in order to hear His soothing words; they had become life and peace to her soul. She dileberately choose make room in her life to be still before Him so she could receive His words of grace and guidance; for Jesus, friend of sinners, had become the Lord of her life.
Ugh, the Martha/Mary story. Oh so convicting at times. Interestingly, my post writing was delayed because I have been scurrying back and forth a lot lately. Whew, I’m tired. Then I hear the words, “(Chris, Chris) you are worried and bothered by so many things…”. How quickly I can get off track.
Thankfully, Jesus waits for me to be still, body and soul. I must remember that my quiet morning time with Him is the most productive thing I do all day. There, I make Him the Lord of my life all over again– listening to His words of healing and hope, obeying Him when He tells me to pick things up or put things down, trusting Him with my Edited agenda. When I am filled up in this way, my heart and mind are different; the scurrying and worrying are changed to peace and prayer, and the things I do become an act of worship rather than a list of frustrations. The day, all day, belongs to my Lord.
So, friends, choose the one necessary thing…the good part…it will not be taken away from you. Slow down to a complete stop, then really listen at Jesus’ feet, so you can be refreshed in truth and rerouted in love. He is waiting especially for you.