Don’t forget the Who for the what!
“But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing.”
Some words from Charles Spurgeon about Mary and Martha and what we can learn about them. Got your cup filled? Let’s talk.
Martha’s fault was not that she served: the condition of a servant well becomes every Christian. “I serve,” should be the motto of all the princes of the royal family of heaven.
Nor was it her fault that she had “much serving.” We cannot do too much.
Let us do all that we possibly can; let head, and heart, and hands, be engaged in the Master’s service.
It was no fault of hers that she was busy preparing a feast for the Master. Happy Martha, to have an opportunity of entertaining so blessed a guest; and happy, too, to have the spirit to throw her whole soul so heartily into the engagement.
Her fault was that she grew “cumbered with much serving,” (as the King James version says) so that she forgot Him, and only remembered the service.
Martha allowed service to override communion, and so presented one duty stained with the blood of another.
We ought to be Martha and Mary in one: we should do much service, and have much communion at the same time.
For this we need great grace.
It is easier to serve than to commune.
Joshua never grew weary in fighting with the Amalekites; but Moses, on the top of the mountain in prayer, needed two helpers to sustain his hands.
The more spiritual the exercise, the sooner we tire in it.
The choicest fruits are the hardest to rear: the most heavenly graces are the most difficult to cultivate. Beloved, while we do not neglect external things, which are good enough in themselves, we ought also to see to it that we enjoy living, personal fellowship with Jesus.
See to it that sitting at the Saviour’s feet is not neglected, even though it be under the specious pretext of doing him service.
The first thing for our soul’s health, the first thing for his glory, and the first thing for our own usefulness, is to keep ourselves in perpetual communion with the Lord Jesus, and to see that the vital spirituality of our religion is maintained over and above everything else in the world.
I think Mr. Spurgeon understood me even almost a hundred years before I was born. I think as a student of the Word he became a student of mankind.
How very easy it is to get utterly wrapped up in the doing and skip the being. We must be careful, y’all, because the being is really important.
What do you think we can do to remind ourselves to keep ourselves in perpetual communion with the Lord Jesus?
Women's speaker, wife, mom & grandmother who loves to teach God's Word, drink coffee, cheer on her favorite football teams and capture nature and architecture with her camera. Faye is the author of Ramblings From the Shower | Integrity, Faith and Other Simple Yet Slippery Issues.