Martha, Martha
Saturday, December 5, 2009

“Martha, Martha” the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.”

                In my last newsletter, I talked about the double use of a name being an affectionate way in which biblical languages spoke.  Maybe nowhere is this seen more poignantly than in Jesus encounter with a frustrated Martha.  We all know the story.  Martha was busy serving the Lord and little sister was at her usual place of worshiping at His feet.  There were disciples to feed (and since Luke tells us there was a large support cast that followed as well, there were probably many more than 12) and many other duties of being a good hostess.  How could Mary not help?  So she tried to invoke the Lord’s support in getting her to do the important work of hosting.  It was here that Jesus said, “Martha, Martha.”  To add to my point, the New Living Translation interprets Jesus’ response as, “My dear Martha.”

                There are many lessons in this passage, but what I want to center upon this morning is that of loving Christ.  I know I write a lot about loving God, but the issue is a tireless and insatiable one.  Loving God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strengths is central to God’s commands of us.  Many equate that as pure obedience, “If you love Me, you will obey My commands.”  Others believe it is acted out in service, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?”  And of course, both of those are right – but not total.  Loving God must begin in praise and worship.  It begins in bowing before Him with brokenness, tears, and joy. 

                This morning, I read an illustration which portrays that so well.  Doug
Bannister, in his book, The Word and Power Church wrote about seeing his life as a well organized comfortable library, complete with overstuffed chair, surrounded by books, and each book carefully labeled and put on its proper shelf.  And it was in that library that he met with God every day.  But one day in praying with a friend, he discovered another room where God wanted to meet.  That room was the bedroom.  It was a room of intimacy (Bride of Christ), passion (zeal), tears (O Jerusalem, Jerusalem), and a burning heart (were our hearts not burning within us).  Love must invoke passion or it is not love as Christ calls us to love.

                David had that passion for God.  Yes, David was a sinful man and I thank God that David, Moses, Paul, and every other human in Scripture were sinful, for if those I would follow were perfect, then I would be without hope.  But look beyond David’s sin and look at his passion.  “O Lord, my Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth.”  “As a deer pants for water, so my soul pants for You, O God.”  “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.”  And my favorite, “Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being praise His Holy Name.”  Hear the passion, the zeal, the burning heart.  This is the love language of people of God. 

                When I don’t think I am doing enough, Jesus sets me down and says, “Bud, Bud, you are concerned about many things, but only one thing is needed.”  Sit at My feet, worship Me, love Me, crave a relationship with Me, and I will take care of the service.  Out of the passion, we will be catapulted into the works and deeds He has set us apart for from the beginning.  We will never learn that without a passionate, loving relationship.  As John Piper says, “He is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied with Him.”

I call this part of my web-site a newsletter, but seldom do I place news in it.  Let me be more true to its purpose by updating the news of my ministry:

1.        The Africa trip in May is still going strong.  There have been set-backs, but these are encouraging as Satan wants to discourage.   Part of his discouragement almost always centers upon financing.  The cost of this trip for Margaret and me (not counting other team members) will be $8,000.  That includes transportation, meals, lodging, a love offering, and 100 Bibles so desperately need by Sister Rose and her church.  As this “giving season” approaches, think about giving a gift to support this fledging church in Kenya by giving to the important mission.  First Christian Church in Athens, Texas has set aside a fund for this trip.  If your heart supports this ministry, I would ask that donations be made to “First Christian Church, African Mission.”  All donations would be greatly appreciated.

 

2.       An exciting event in the life of Kingdom Road Ministries will take place this month.  A group of businessmen in Jackson, Wyoming have formed a new group Kingdom Businesses for Christ.  It is based upon two books, one being my own, Journey on the Kingdom Road.  I have been asked to be the keynote speaker at its founding meeting on December 20.  Pray that this will begin a revolution in Jackson, throughout Wyoming, and to the ends of the earth.


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