The privilege of worship over work

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The best illustration of these lessons are revealed in the book of Luke 10:38-42 “…there is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” In facts Jesus visits Martha & Mary, the friend’s sisters Lazarus in Bethany a village near Jerusalem. Perhaps, the true importance of this visit is to warn us  as his followers nowadays against the misleading doctrine of the dominion of the work ( sustained human effort to overcome obstacles and achieve a result) onto the worship ( devotion, adoration, reverence accorded to our God). The story introduce two (2) profiles character of a believer in the presence of our Savior & Lord Jesus Christ:

  • Martha, the worker, her words (..Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister…) and actions (preparation of a meal) depict her as  an anxious busy practical and efficient follower;
  • Mary, the worshiper, without words or actions, her focus and contemplation on Jesus freeze with laziness, but this is the disciple’s ultimate duty under the sun  (listening  attentively to the Holy words: truth & faith) leaving the needs of hospitality and hostess to her gregarious sister.

We have to proclaim that Jesus commanded her sister Mary for desiring God’s truth above everything else. Matthew 6:33 ” seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”. Jesus noted, in effect that Martha stayed busy with FORM, but that Mary concentrated on SUBSTANCE. We do know that Jesus invites all of us who are worried and distracted by many things ( commodities to secure the well-being of the Man of God at any  given occasion, the environmental setting, etc…), to sit and rest in his presence, to hear his words and truth, to know that we are loved and valued as children of God, to be renewed in faith and strengthened for service (John 6:29 “this is the only work God wants from you: believe in the one he has sent”). Like Mary, we need patient, faith that in a world hill-bent on destruction, filled with frivolous trappings and empty momentary sensual pleasures we can not keep the good part forever. Revelation 14:12 “…God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands…” There is a need of only one thing, the ATTENTION (Hebrews 12:2) to our guest, as it turns out, our guest is also our host, with abundant gifts (wisdom; piety; fear of the Lord; understanding; counsel; knowledge & fortitude) to give.

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