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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa.  He is amongst others a blogger and lyrics writer. To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Jul 19

Written by: Andries
Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:37:57 AM  RssIcon

The brief Martha and Mary story in Luke 10: 38 – 42...  disturbs our understanding of what is “proper” for disciples of Jesus to do.
Our expectations for the upkeep of tradition, custom, culture and social convention are challenged here, in order that we may hear the Gospel of Christ.
If these conventions slow us down in God’s work, we need to rethink our priorities.
 
Jesus and the twelve disciples came to Martha and Mary’s home for lunch.
Martha was concerned about all the details to prepare them a wonderful meal that would meet all the standards of hospitality. She expressed her love for Jesus by doing this hard work diligently. She goes out of her way to be the hostess that custom and culture required of her.
But she missed the best part of the visit of the holy Guest – his gospel teaching about the Kingdom of God that is near. She missed the “main course” of the most special day of their lives for the sake of propriety.
 
Mary risked contempt by sitting at the feet of Jesus and by not “being in the kitchen” as convention required, to help her sister, in order not to miss one word of his divine teaching. She sensed the “kingdom urgency” that was part of the journey of Jesus to Jerusalem to redeem us all. She expressed her love for Jesus by becoming the best learner she could be, a committed student of the great Teacher!
Jesus said Mary made a better choice.
 
Both Martha and Mary loved Jesus passionately. Both were his disciples and both did their absolute best to honour and please him.
But the two of them represent the choices many that love the Lord, have to make to show their respect and their love: We often have to choose between propriety (convention) and urgency.
And urgency always trumps propriety in the context of the Kingdom of God and expressing our love for the Lord!
 
The Apostle Paul says it in these words:
“Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church.  He is the one we proclaim, giving a warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I energetically run with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.” (Col 1: 24 and 28)
 
Paul indeed ran the race for Christ’s Kingdom with appropriate urgency!
    

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