The Many and the One

There is a good-sized diner located in central New Jersey which shall remain nameless … until … I name it. Their menu, about the size AND THICKNESS of a Hagstrom roadmap, boasts of hundreds of choices. Yeah, but do they make Omelettes? Did you say omelettes? Let me tell ya, if there is a food that can be cooked and consumed, they will gladly place it in an omelette for you. Oh yes, my friend, Amy’s Omelette House in Long Branch, New Jersey, has an overabundance and a superfluity of choices on its menu.

Hello friend and welcome to 5 Minutes of Hope.

Today’s topic is: The Many and the One.

SO many concerns for the Christian.

SO many worries for the warrior.

SO many distractions for the disciple.

Things to do.

Things to list.

Things to place on the “to do” list.

Things to “check off” the to do list once they are done.

We are about to investigate a most TELLING story that depicts the:

dilemma of a distracted disciple and the:

delectation of a devoted disciple.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord‘s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me! “

“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.“

Luke 10:38-42

The poet penned these words:

A quiet Mary sat on the very floor

that a worried Martha was pacing.

A listening Mary chose Christ’s word

while Martha’s troubled heart was racing.

Martha was stressing over many things

while Mary chose but one. Let’s live for what can’t be taken away

the peace of the Word of the Son.

It wasn’t Martha’s DOING that Jesus was pointing out but her spirit and attitude WHILE she was doing WHAT she was doing. We can’t physically sit at Jesus’ feet all day long but … when we rise from our quiet time of devotions, prayer, and worship … let’s maintain that close fellowship with the King throughout our day.

♫ Take time to be holy, the world rushes on; Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone. By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be; Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

– William D. Longstaff

Friend, from the time we rise until the time we lay ourselves down … there’s MUCH to DO! It is to the delight of the dedicated disciple to choose what will NEVER be taken away: precious moments in the presence of Jesus.

Mighty God, thank you for the Scriptures that teach us. May we choose, this day, and throughout the day, to lay distractions and worries aside and fellowship with our gracious and loving Master. In the matchless Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, we pray. Amen.

Friend, may you be FILLED with hope today and share it with others.

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