“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.””
Luke 10:38-42 NKJV
In my healthier days, I was one that could be counted on to volunteer for every ministry under the sun. There was a time when I served six days per week, in some capacity, whether at my local church, or in some para-church ministry.
My walk of faith was very much based on performance, and I was urged on by a mistaken belief that I could somehow, someway, prove myself worthy of the great salvation the Lord has afforded me. I think my deepest desire was to be loved, to be accepted by the One who, unbeknownst to me, loved me from the foundation of creation. He could never love me any more than He already did. And nothing could separate me from that love.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39 NKJV
In those halcyon days of baby faith, I ministered from the incoming edification and feeding, I was giving from what I was getting, leaving me depleted as I tried to provide for others.
I was like Martha, in Luke chapter ten, running about, being distracted and overly concerned with things that had little relevance in light of eternity. I was missing the good parts.
I prayed often for those good parts, for that deeper understanding of who God is and, most importantly, for His eyes to see others with the same been for their souls. I also desired His heart, that I be able to empathize with others.
The Lord answered my prayers in ways I could not imagine, or even want, had I had some foreknowledge. He has placed me like Mary, sitting at His feet, listening to HIs word and being transformed. I can no longer run here and there, volunteer for every ministry, and there are days when even the basic aspects of self care are a challenge.
But now I have the good part, and I am ministering for the overflow.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”
Psalms 23:1-3 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, we are entering a time when it is needful for us to slow down, and be like Mary, settling at the feet of our Lord, spending time. We cannot fix what is happening in our world, and there is no political ideology or politician that can make a difference, for the things we are seeing are supernatural.
We are witnessing the hook God has placed in jaws of the leaders of the world, as He begins to unfold HIs plan.
““Son of man, set your face against Gog, of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, and prophesy against him, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your army, horses, and horsemen, all splendidly clothed, a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords.”
Ezekiel 38:2-4 NKJV
In these troubling times, let us be about abiding in our Lord. We who are the born again, the beloved, have been given access to the Holy of Holies, and we have the greatest weapon of all which is prayer.
Let us pray for the salvation of those who do not know the Lord, let us pray for our leaders, let us pray for those in opposition. Regardless of how we may feel about them, hell is real, and it is an eternal torment we should wish on no one.
Pray for the people of Russia. They are being deceived, blinded, and even those information sources that have not been corrupted, are being shut down. Pray for those bold enough to protest, for they face stiff prison sentences for doing so. Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters who are faithfully preaching the Gospel in Russia and Ukraine.
A great darkness is enveloping the world, and we who are the followers of Jesus can be the light. Let us shine!
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