"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22
"...proving that this is very Christ." _ Acts 9:22

November 5th

 

MINISTRY THAT TOUCHES GOD

 

"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman name Martha received him into her house.

And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word.

But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she help me.

And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42).


     This portion of Scripture describes a wonderful illustration of two types of ministry as seen through Martha and Mary.  There is one type that allows little time for worship and fellowship with our Lord.   There is another that fully allows us to do what we have been created to do which is worship God in spirit and in truth.  Notice at this point only the ministries are addressed and the one upon whom ministry will impact is not yet introduced.  Their brother (Lazarus) is a type of the new creation man that we are in Christ.  Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, we shall see wonderful truths concerning ministry that brings Christ into our situation.

 

      There is no doubt that Martha loved Jesus because the Scripture declares she is the one who received Him into her house.  That action is the very basic step toward a ministry of power.  What we see early on is how Martha becomes more concerned with serving or ministry that with the One the ministry or service is all about.  In fact, the ministry became cumbersome which means she was weighed down or burdened.  The ministry itself became a catalyst for hindrance and obstruction.  Immediately, there is a contradiction with the ministry unto the Lord because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.

 

Continued

 

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