38–39 “As Jesus and the disciples continued on their journey, they came to a village where a woman welcomed Jesus into her home. Her name was Martha and she had a sister named Mary. Mary sat down attentively before the Master, absorbing every revelation he shared. 40 But Martha became exasperated with finishing the numerous household chores in preparation for her guests, so she interrupted Jesus and said, “Lord, don’t you think it’s unfair that my sister left me to do all the work by myself? You should tell her to get up and help me.”
41 The Lord answered her, “Martha, my beloved Martha. Why are you upset and troubled, pulled away by all these many distractions? 42 Mary has discovered the one thing most important by choosing to sit at my feet. She is undistracted, and I won’t take this privilege from her.”
Luke 10:38-42 (TPT)
Did you read the passage above?
If not, I kindly ask you to take a minute, scroll back up, and read it.
Because what I am about to briefly share with you will require that you’ve read this story so you can get the MESSAGE.
Now that you’ve read it, listen up.
For the past several weeks, we’ve talked about revival, in many forms.
And one thing I have reiterated to you is that revival is simply when something dead comes back to life.
And the primary thing that must awaken so that you (and I) can see and experience true revival in us and around us, is our relationship with Christ. But, not merely the awakening of our relationship with Him but the awakening of intimacy within.
Our intimacy with the One who loves us the most must come ALIVE.
What do I mean by this?
I mean your relationship with God must become so deep, so close, so personal, and so affectionate.
So much so, that anything or anybody that seeks to INTERRUPT your bond with Christ is a THREAT to the sustenance of your REVIVAL.
Many of us, if we’ll be truthful with ourselves—I mean completely and utterly truthful—have become just like MARTHA.
We’ve taken the first step in getting to know Christ by opening the door.
We’ve allowed Him to come into our hearts. We’ve made a commitment that He is welcome in to do something new within us.
Simply put, many of us have accepted Him to be our personal, Lord and Saviour.
However… we’ve all had visitors come over to our homes before. Some of us have had visitors stay for days, possibly even weeks at a time.
And, when a visitor comes over, do we welcome them in and then abandon them? Do we let them have a seat and then no longer converse? Do we not sit to spend time with them, eat with them, and just simply enjoy their company?
Do you get where I’m going here?
What we’ve lost as a generation is the ability to HOST the very PRESENCE of the One we’ve welcomed into our hearts.
Martha opened the door to Jesus.
But she failed to HOST his presence.
And she failed to HOST the significant presence of God because she was DISTRACTED.
She was caught up in cooking, in cleaning, in putting the house together, in serving. She knew Jesus was in the neighborhood and therefore, she wanted to get her house in order. But, once Jesus came in, Martha missed the entire point of WHY He came to visit.
Aren’t we a lot like this sometimes?
Busy. Distracted. Consumed by everything and everybody, but God?
Martha was so upset that Mary wasn’t helping her. I’m sure she even thought that Mary was lazy. But, Mary wasn’t lazy, she was simply SENSITIVE.
Mary had a SENSITIVITY to the presence, personality, and power of Jesus that Martha did not.
Mary understood that there was and is a time and a place for everything.
So, when Jesus had a seat, Mary understood that the time and place for INTIMACY was calling then and there.
While Martha… saw Jesus as just another guest that she had to please with her SERVICE.
Aren’t we a lot like this also?
Where many a time, God will nudge you to worship, read the word, or pray, but we’re too busy pursing another endeavor?
Mary understood that Jesus was more than just a guest. SHE KNEW He was GOD.
And, she knew she could not miss that precious moment of up close and personal time with the One who had something to GIVE her. So she sat at his feet to glean and spend time with Him.
I don’t wan’t to take too much of your time today..
But what I want you to understand, good people, is that,
Intimacy with God will require more than just an open invitation. But, it will require that you honour that invitation.
Both the host and the guest.
Jesus is your guest. But like I said…
He’s more than just a guest. He’s God. He’s come into the home of your heart hoping that He gets to stay.
But are you ready and willing to HOST his PRESENCE? Or will you be too busy serving in the kitchen that you miss precious moments, deep insights, fresh revelations, and new directions from your Lover?
Our generation has missed many profound encounters with God because we just don’t know how to HOST Him PROPERLY.
We are struggling to put aside SERVICE to everybody and everything so that we can SEE Him.
True revival within you (and me) is hinged upon your intimacy with Christ. With Holy Spirit. With the Father.
You will never truly maintain revival without the acceptance of this spiritual truth.
Sitting at the feet of Jesus is what will grant us encounters and life-altering destiny defining moments!
But it all boils down to a choice…
Will you choose to get intimate? Will you choose encounters? Will you choose relationship? Will you choose to sit? Will you choose to wait? Will you choose to speak? Will you choose God every single day?
Will you choose to pick up the phone and sweet talk Him as He sweet talks you?
The choice is ultimately ours. And it will always be.
He’ll never make you choose Him.
Because like Mary…
He wants you to discover Him.
It is my prayer that as you reflect on this post, you will make the choice to be like Mary and get close to your Maker. To search for God everyday. To make personal time with the One who’s been waiting on You. And.. wants nothing but the best for you!
He’s got something to tell all of us.
Let’s sit at His feet and listen.