Thursday, 5th January, 2017
Theme: SETTING YOUR FOCUS
Text: LUKE 10:38-42
HYMN: EMHB 90 – Object of my first desire, Jesus, crucified for me
Memory Verse: Luke 10:40 “But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said. ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.'”
In the home of two sisters and a brother, Martha seems to be the motherly and hospitable person. In fact, Martha was said to have opened her home in Bethany to Jesus Christ and His disciples (Luke 10:38), all mature men as could be imagined. Hence, the task of making food for them must have been enormous. One could imagine a woman making pounded yam menu for about 13 adult men. Certainly she would have needed assistance.
Martha invariably fumed: ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?’ But she got a piercing statement from the Lord: ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.’ (Luke 10:41-42). This same Mary took a very expensive ointment and anointed the feet of Jesus with it and used her hair to wipe His feet, an act of complete worship and total surrender (John 12:3-7)
Martha was nice in showing concern for their welfare. But what of her own need of a Saviour? This is a matter of priority. Like Martha, many of us are so religious. Many of our ushers in the church are very worried about arranging people and ensuring order in service, counting of church money; choristers like to sing so well; the Boys/Girls Brigade will be busy controlling cars; stewards and ministers will be worried about their guest preacher. Sad to say that not all these people do really listen to the message or sermon that will save their souls. Martha showed evidence of being a good person but she did not give attention to the most needful things in her life. Can you stop for a while and ask if Jesus Christ has saved you? Jesus must be your focus this new year. By so doing, you are choosing that good portion of “that needful thing” which shall not be taken away from you.
Prayer: Out of many good services to render, let me always take the needful and the good portion, Jesus Christ. Amen.