This blog is designed to make you "think". Also to encourage,exhort,edify and "Warn" the saints of God as we see the day of The Lord on the horrizon.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

So Many Marthas! Not So Many Marys!


Just what kind of “Church” generation has been raised in this century?

It seems that it is a church that is so busy, it doesn't have time to get alone with God.

As I have been doing my research on Religious Divas, I have realised that they majority of these women have been brought up in the "Martha" generation.

Churches are notorious for getting people "Involved" they are more interested in the upkeep of the building, and filling seats, than the upkeep of the soul. They get some people so involved in this cause and that cause, and this ministry and that ministry, that there is scarce time left for the sheep to draw nigh to the Lord.
The fruit of this is obvious in this generation, because the majority of the church has no idea of the hour in which it is living.

There are a lot of Martha’s, but few Mary’s that are hungry to sit at Jesus feet, and just learn of Him…to Glory in His majesty, and not their own….there are few who depend fully on Him, most are independent, self sufficient busy little beavers….but busy doing what?

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.

It was like Martha was saying, “Lord look at all I am doing for you, look at the amount of work I am cumbered with, on your account to serve you, and all my sister wants to do is sit at your feet and listen to you. What I am doing is far more important and needful, don’t you see that Lord?”
It is like Jesus was saying to Martha, "You are too caught up with worldly cares."

I have met many Martha’s, and they all want to be noticed, and acknowledged. They are generally very opinionated, outspoken and bossy ladies, who love to be applauded for their many good works, and who do not hesitate to toot their own horn. Many of them become Religious Divas.

What is more important doing all the various and many “church” or ministry duties, or sitting at His feet to learn of Him, to grow in Him?

Many are anxious to let others know all they do for the Lord….something is wrong here saints. It is not important who knows what we do, it is better to work for the Lord unnoticed, than to be lauded publicly,and receive the praises of men. Our motivation to do for the Lord should not be that we receive the praises of men, but rather that in that day the Lord say unto us, “Well done thou good and faithful servant”.

God can, believe it or not, move independently of man…God is the one, believe it or not, who moves still today on the souls of lost men and women, independently of us….
God can work quite well without all of us-imagine that!

When God uses us it is for our benefit, not His…He is testing us, proving us, He is trying us to see just to whom we will give the Glory, for anything which He allows us to accomplish in His name.

Men do not save souls, God saves souls. We can be used to share the gospel, but we can not save a soul, that is the work of the Holy Spirit of God. All those who have led men in some sinners prayer…have for the most part done perhaps a well meaning, but an empty thing…for the devils believe and tremble. If the Spirit of God is not moving and drawing and wooing a soul, just repeating some sinners’ prayer is not going to save their soul.

When He allows us to be used, we are not doing Him a great service; He is doing us a great service! We are indebted to Him, not Him to us. He is great, we are not!

Matthew 6:1-4
1. Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4. That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

What motivates you saint of God?

Are you following after the Religious Divas of today, who are setting a bad example, and following another Jesus of their own evil imaginations, or are you following Jesus Christ alone?

Do you seek your earthly reward now, or are you living by faith with your heart set on things above, and your future Heavenly reward?

Are you like the apostles of old, earnestly awaiting your inheritance, or are you wanting to be acknowledged now and have the praise and acclaim of men?

1 comment:

DianaK(creeky37) said...

This is a wonderful lesson for all of us. Stay focused on Jesus! I want to add something that I read the other day that relates to this. This is from Oswald Chambers book My Utmost for His Highest.

Living Simply - Yet Focused
"Look at the birds of the air...Consider the lilies of the field...(Matthew 6:26, 28).
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin"--they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars, and the moon--all of these simply are as well--yet what a ministry and service they render on our behalf. So often we impair God's designed influence, which He desires to exhibit through us, because of our own conscious efforts to be consistent and useful. Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God. In essence, Jesus was saying, "Do not worry about being of use to others; simply believe on Me." In other words, pay attention to the Source, and out of you "will flow rivers of living water" (John 7:38). We cannot discover the source of our natural life through common sense and reasoning, and Jesus is teaching here that growth in our spiritual life comes not from focusing directly on it, but from concentrating on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances, and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our cicrumcstances, we will grow spiritually--just as "the lilies of the field."

The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and "the lilies of the field"--simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us.

If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on HIM, and He will make use of you every minute you live--yet you will be unaware, on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him.