One Thing Is Needed (Lk.10:41-42)

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.” (Lk 10:41-42 NKJ)

Chores and cares occupy much of our lifetime. Sometimes, we begin to wonder if time cannot be stretched a bit more longer as the day was stretched for Joshua. As night draws in and another day comes to an end, we wish we could have done a bit much more, especially a bit much more for our Lord. But, what does our Lord say? “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.”

He cares more for us to be at His feet and learn from Him than to think that we must be out somewhere doing things for Him. Does it mean that we need to be doing nothing? Of course not. But, it certainly means that we need to learn to sit and learn at His feet even when we are doing something.

Our worth doesn’t come from our working for Him. Our worth comes from our being with Him. Satisfaction in life does not come from incessant working or acting. Satisfaction comes from our relationship with Him, when He reigns as the Master in our heart and gets all our reverential attention. Jesus made this clear to the Ephesians:

“I know your works, your labor, your patience…and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary. Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. (Rev 2:2-4 NKJ)

The saddest part of a Christian’s walk will be when he gets so busy working for God that he fails to understand he has actually really stopped serving Him; that he has actually grown distant from Him. In order to serve the Master, one must be sensitive to His voice, to His call, to His command. But, how can one hear when the mind is worried and troubled about many things?

May our hearts learn to rest in His presence and be attentive to His voice even in the midst of the most intensive and perspiring labor; that we don’t find worth in work, but find worth in worshiping the Lord and Master of all things!

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Personal and Mass Evangelism

 

“Cast in a hook, and take the fish..” (Mat.17:27)
“Cast the net.. and you will find some.” (Joh 21:6)

Personal evangelism is like fishing with a hook. Mass evangelism is like fishing with a net. But, it’s more important to drag the net to the shore and bring the fish home.

Both require focus, accuracy (guidance), and patience. Both involve the idea of catching and being catchy. Evangelism fishes souls out of the sea of sin and damnation and draws them out into salvation. The fish hook/net is the message of the Gospel that saves them.

Both are inefficient without the command and guidance of Christ the Master Fisherman. He knows where and when and how to do it.

The bait is something they want and look for. The consequence is their redemption.

Satan also uses snares, nets, and hooks to hunt after souls. The saved are instructed to be vigilant and prayefully watch so that they do not get ensnared by the devil.

The Light of Law Vs Light of Christ (John 8)

JOHN 8:1-12
Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

CONTRAST TO 1JOHN 1:5-7
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

The light of the Law exposes and condemns; the light of Christ covers and cleanses.
The light of the Law casts one’s countenance down; the light of Christ lifts up one’s countenance.
The light of the Law brings knowledge of sin; the light of Christ brings knowledge of God’s salvation.
The light of the Law makes one weak; the light of Christ makes one strong.
The light of the Law brings guilt; the light of Christ brings justification.
The light of the Law is unclear about many things (is “veiled”; they needed many commentators); the light of Christ is open-faced.
The light of the Law is fading; the light of Christ is ever glorious.
The light of the Law is destructive; the light of Christ is transformative.
The light of the Law brings bondage; the light of Christ brings freedom.
The light of the Law brings weariness and tiredness; the light of Christ refreshes one’s soul.
The light of the Law brings death; the light of Christ brings life.

True Security – The Original Sense of Nakedness (Matt 6:31-33)

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Mat 6:31-33)

The original sense of nakedness was from that deep insecurity of autonomy that sprung from man’s first alienation from God due to sin– spiritual death. Seeking God marks man’s refusal to stay alienated by turning towards His Maker in whom alone is Covering and true Security and no reason to be ashamed anymore.

The Lord Knows the Way of the Righteous

“Nor stands in the path of sinners…
For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish. ” (Psalm 1:1,6)

The term “way” in the Bible is always linked to a destination or destiny. To wander from the right way and be lost may invite compassion; but, to choose the wrong way and persist on it invites divine wrath.

Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah (Jude 1:11)

But, the LORD knows the way of the righteous.

Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” (2Tim. 2:19)