I wanted to write about how we can truly burden our faith, this incredible gift of salvation and grace that we were given and sometimes we do not what to do with it? As people, we are not used to getting something for nothing as there always seems to be some sort of catch. With God, there is no catch, his gift of love and forgiveness is available to everyone. When we read the gospels, Jesus came to save those who were rejected and those who were ruled by their sinful nature. Jesus came to give light and life, to people who had only ever known darkness. To give peace. Matthew 11:28-30 proclaims ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ This is a promise from Jesus, that when we come to him he wants us to receive rest. All the stresses of the world that so easily burden us, Jesus wants to be a part of that and wants to help. Jesus wants you to know that you are not doing it all on your own. Why, when we come to worship and to live out our faith do we make it so burdensome?
The question I have for you is, are you a Martha or a Mary when it comes to your faith?
If you are not familiar with the account of Mary and Martha it can be found in Luke 10:38-42, Martha opens her house for Jesus while he passed through the village. Martha busied herself with preparing all that was needed to be done for her guests. As for her sister Mary who sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to what he had to say. Martha questions the Lord about how Mary needed to help her as she was left to do all the work for herself. Jesus replied ’Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, “You are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her,”
Martha believed that what she was doing was right, that was the normal custom for when people had guests. As for Mary, she disregarded the norms and sat at the feet of Jesus and listened. Honestly, she would have been able to gain that peace and rest that was promised. A lot of us have become like Martha and just allowed our faith to become a routine. If we do certain roles within the church to serve and we read our Bibles and pray, then job done for the week and we just carry on in this constant cycle. It becomes repetitive, it is boring, and it also is burdensome.
We need to let our faith be our own personal journey, which will not always meet to the standards that other people understand. There will be many people along the way that will be like Martha, questioning why you are not doing what everyone else is. Do not get me wrong, Martha is an important figure too her role is still pleasing and helpful. Martha has just got a misled in where her intentions lay regarding the duties she was performing. The important lesson to remember is that God will use us all differently to bring about his salvation on earth. None of us are the same, that is the beauty of individuality. We must be careful that we are not sucked into doing the same routine that everyone else is following. Like Mary, be willing to listen and be willing to serve in the way you have been called.
In regards to, are you a Mary or a Martha? May you always remember that there is nothing you can do to earn your salvation nor make God love you any greater. Jesus has already paid the price for your freedom so do not allow yourself to become engulfed by the many rules and regulations that have come to plague the Christian faith. Be obedient to the will of God in your life, spend more time sitting in his presence. Jesus will lead you to what you are meant to be doing, you need to only be still and listen. In the end, I think we need to have part of Mary and part of Martha within our faith. Be willing to sit down and spend that time within the presence of Jesus. However, also not willing to just receive but also to give to those around you. Through the grace and the love that has been shown to you. May what we do not be out of duty or obligation but with a thankful and gracious heart.
Have a blessed week. God bless. xx