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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Busy for God

As I get older, I must admit to an increasing fondness for the biblical story of Mary and Martha. Two sisters, who were great friends of Jesus, offered him hospitality enroute when he journeyed to and from Jerusalem. Martha, in particular, seems to me to be quite a character... possibly because between the two of them, I feel the greater affinity with her. A little bossy and just a tad impatient. Perhaps not even one to suffer fools gladly. Clearly, Martha is the sort of task oriented, take charge women that grace many of our churches. They like to keep busy... do stuff and feel useful. They are practical people who organize church events and make sure things get done. God bless them, we need them.
For those of us who are, in varying degrees, Martha clones, Jesus' admonishment to her applies more than ever in this fast-paced world in which we live. Like her, we need to slow down, take time to listen and build relationships. I need to build relationships as I'm forever rushing from one activity or task to the next or cocooning myself in the safety of my little world of books and films.
Jesus did not denigrate Martha's abilities or skills. He did not say that her skills weren't important or needed in the overall scheme of things. Neither did he question her motives. But what he did say, in modern parlance, was that she needed to prioritize. Being a doer or accomplishing things would be no substitutes for spending time with him, the Emmanuel -- Creator God who had broken into human history.
The world needs Martha clones... women who are able to make things happen, to serve others above and beyond that of others. But in our busyness we must not forget to sit in quietness and stillness, to meditate on God's Word and to hear him speak into our strengths and our weaknesses.


  1. I love this blog post Lilian. We are all too busy in this time of history. I know I need to slow down and reprioritise a few things in my life...especially time spent at Jesus' feet.

  2. Hi Kylie
    It's very encouraging for me to know that I can bless others in this way. Thanks for commenting, you've made my night.


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