Does God Want Perfection Or Me?

And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to Him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” Luke 10:39-40

What is perfection? Is it found in an oven timer? Every dish in the sink put away? Is it every hair in place when the guests arrive?

Our lives, no doubt, can be busy from one moment to the next. It can be a constant pursuit to be all things to all people. To say the right words, maintain a close-knit family, be in attendance for every meeting, game, gathering, and ceremony. But Jesus would have us to slow down, stop even, to listen and to worship willfully, humbly, and joyfully on Him, our “good portion.” To take a breather, sit at His feet, and just trust that there is priority and place in Jesus Christ.

Worship and Obligation

God saw fit for our feet, our hands, our heart, and our mind to all have obligations (Genesis 2:15). All committed to what we do in the course of a day, a week, and lifetime. But our spirit has to be attended to as well, even more so, to not “neglect such a great salvation.”

We Christians are encouraged and cautioned to “pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it” (Hebrews 2:1).To place the Word, Jesus Christ, as priority one. For us to place responsibilities: family, good works, and hospitality in view of the cross, Jesus’ victory, not in a well-organized list of things to do.

Sanctuary and Service

Miracles, healings, and belief followed Jesus’ message and ministry. His mission, his drive, and his Father’s business spread through every town He visited. And when he arrived in the village of Bethany, Martha welcomed Him into her home with a chair to rest His feet and the smell of a delicious meal floating through the air. Her hands moved in service. Her feet moved in procession. Her heart moved in declaration. And her mind moved on to her sister, Mary.

Mary had left the preparations to go and worship. To be planted at His feet. To be a listening disciple, a vessel poured in to. Both sisters rejoiced, uniquely. But in work and in worship Jesus chose to take notice in Mary who sat aside temporal for eternal:

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42

Work and the Bread of Life

Jesus is well aware of work, obligations, and hospitality (Luke 2:52). He just places them in comparison to things eternal, “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life…” (John 6:27).

Yes, we Christians are well-equipped through the spirit of Christ to do all things (Philippians 4:13), with our interests and outlook towards God.

So let’s go Christians, perfection is found at the feet of Christ.

© tahlitha chadwick

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21 comments

  1. AMEN!! Very good!

  2. Peter Wiebe · ·

    I second the Amen.

  3. Excellent. Want to link this.

  4. This is good to remember. I tend to get caught up in duties/chores. (We need to get the house cleaned, make sure dishes are done, etc.) I’m afraid I’d be more like Martha even though I want to be more like Mary.

  5. There is something really precious about this for me, Tahlitha. Thank you! It was how you put this . .. to place responsibilities in view of the cross. It’s not that He doesn’t want us to do those things . .but maybe it’s how much importance we place on ourselves doing them, instead of on Him while we do them. God bless you as you serve Him and sit with Him today!

  6. Glory! Have a good day Stephanie.

  7. Always a blessing Cathy!

  8. Hi Janna, I know what you mean. I can be a busybee myself. Have a lovely day!

  9. Hi Lady Debbie! Our God knows, I think it’s we who forget. Jesus is our greatest reminder of ‘He knows, He cares.’ Have a wonderful day!

  10. This is definitely a special word from the Lord. I loved how Debbie summed it up! There is always that tendency to get caught up and very busy doing the work of the Lord, without actually attending to, as the priority, the LORD of the work. Thank you so much for reminding us prioritize our service unto the Lord, “In View of the Cross.” Worship, then service. God bless you!

    Paulette

  11. Hi Paulette. What a beautiful expression, “the LORD of the work.” God so addresses the heart and the work(er). I’m always humbled that He takes and wants precedence in all that we could ever hope to accomplish. God bless you too!

  12. This is great – thank you for sharing it!
    Ben

  13. Hi Tahlitha; Loved your article…Blessings. Bro Pat

  14. Thank you very much Bro. Pat. Blessings in the week ahead.

  15. You are so very welcome.. Keep up the good work …

  16. Planting Potatoes · ·

    well said Tahlitha!

  17. A true woman of God. You know the word. Awesome post.

  18. Thank you Shian, to God be the glory.

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