Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, October 9th, 2016
Suffering (Part 13)
Overwork: Martha
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord's Feet, listening to His Word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, 'Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.' But the Lord answered and said to her, 'Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.'

Luke 10:38-42 (NASB)
Perhaps Martha, Mary and Lazarus were among the Lord's closest friends on earth. Living a short walk from Jerusalem, these sisters and brother welcomed Jesus into their home, and He clearly loved them.

Just as clearly, Martha was a worker: a constantly moving, get-it-done gal, who received a gentle rebuke from Christ. Because busyness was guiding her day, tying her up and dragging her around. It kidnapped Martha. Then it persuaded her to believe she was doing God's will.

Therefore, Martha suffered from exhaustion, because she wasn't working the Lord's way. So she missed out on quiet time with Him: time to listen and absorb His wisdom. Sadly, I see much of Martha in me.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: I believe busyness is a demon, binding God's saints with ceaseless to-do's, patting our backs when we cross them off, then replacing them with more and more.

Jesus will free us from overwork: 'Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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' (Matthew 11:28-30).

In other words, if Jesus guides us, if we choose jobs within our giftings, if we choose rest within His presence... then even when we work hard (like Paul), God will be pulling the load (not us): 'I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me' (1 Corinthians 15:10).

To Be Continued...

* Short article: What does the Bible say about busyness?

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Suffering series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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