“Dear daughter, I’m on my way to your house to spend the day with you. Just boarded Amour Mezam! I’ll be there in 6 hours. Your true friend, Jesus!
Ha.! God in person, visiting me???? You know heaven will break loose, don’t you? If you are a perfectionist like me, you’ll stop what you are doing, change plans and think yourself sick!
What am I going to cook?
When will I clean up the house?
Oh I have not done my hair yet!
Oh no! no fresh flowers!
What will Jesus think if He came hungry and the food is not ready yet?
What if He met the house dirty? What if….?
Does this sound familiar? I mean who wouldn’t freak out if Jesus was stoping over for lunch? I’m telling you I’ll definitely be freaking out!!!
Jesus visits Mary and Martha
Remember the story of Mary and Martha when Jesus came for dinner? Martha was so busy with the preparations for Jesus’ meal! Meanwhile Mary slipped out of the kitchen to spend time at Jesus’ feet. Martha critisized her sister and went to Jesus to complain: “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” (Luke 10:38-42). You would think Jesus would rebuke Mary for letting her sister do all the work won’t you? Instead He praised her. He went on to say that she had chosenthe one thing needed, the one thing that mattered most to Jesus.
I’m sure Martha must have been confused, asking herself why God would praise someone sitting doing nothing and reproach her when she is cooking for him so that He doesn’t leave hungry? Don’t we all ask ourselves these same type of questions? Why will they be praised when I come to church 2 hours before time, arrange the benches, clean up and make sure that the mics work properly during church service, meanwhile they just come sit, listen and go back home?
One thing we should prioritize – HIM!
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But the bible tells us that Mary discerned the one thing needed – she saw love, wisdom, healing, peace in person and made the choice of sitting at His feet. She saw heaven on earth and chose His presence. She was preoccupied with one thing at all times-HIM. She preferred Him, she prioritized HIM.She chose to spend time worshipping HIM. She knew that time spent in His presence was time well spent. There, she could tap into his love, strength and wisdom. There, she could fuel herself for all acts of service unlike her sister Martha who was so distracted she didn’t discern the miracle of the presence of Jesus. Martha failed to discern the importance and the priority of spending time with God.
Make a choice for God’s presence today
Mary made a choice that indicates her hearts devotion to God. This is the choice God wants us to make today. Yes we serve in church, we run NGOs, we give to the needy. Yes we have tight schedules, we have children, we are working moms. But then, we need to know that it is of utmost importance to cease our busyness. Got wants us to stop all activities and set aside secondary things in order to focus on HIM. He doesn’t need what you can offer Him, He needs your heart, completely devoted to HIM.
A woman after God’s own heart
Mary was a woman who was in pursuit of God’s heart and I think her example is worth copying. Did she serve and fulfill God-given responsibilities? I think so! But she quit her busyness in the kitchen immediately it was time to be at HIS feet! Amazing!!! I don’t know about you but this is where I want to be. In the presence of the Lord where I can hear His voice, feel His heartbeat, worship His name. There, the bible gives us the assurance that spending time in His presence earns us permanent and everlasting dividends. I know sometimes it seems practically impossible for us to stay focused on Him. But God in His love and mercy reaches down to us so that we can reach up to Him.
My prayer for you and me today (especially that it is women’s day) is thatour heart for God should be like a boiling pot – hot, intense and passionate,giving Him room to invade it and fill it with complete devotion to Him and Him alone. There’s no way the Lord can ignore that kind of fire!
Points to Ponder:
1. What’s keeping you busy and thus away from prioritizing God today? Is it your Kids, your family, your job, your husband or women’s day celebration?
2. Is your heart on fire for Jesus?
As always, I love to hear from you. Let me know how you manage life and giving God His rightful place amidst life’s busy schedules. Do you Need prayer? You can contact me personally or join our secret Group Women After God’s Own Heart on Facebook.