The main course

There's a story in the Bible where Jesus visits the house of two sisters, Mary and Martha.

Mary is sitting down listening to Jesus while Martha is running around worrying about all the preparation that needs to be made. She gets so frustrated that she goes to Jesus and says "Jesus why don't you tell Mary to help me?" Jesus looks at Martha and says "... you're fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing." He goes on to say that Mary has chosen the "the main course" and it won’t be taken away from her!
Luke 10:38-42 (Message version)

The main course is being with Jesus, listening to him. Jesus says that this is the most important thing, but sometimes we too, like Martha, get caught up in all that needs to be done and start worrying about many different things. We end up picking at all the other 'food', whilst neglecting the main course - sitting before Jesus.

The main message is that Jesus prefers our heart over our hands. He is more concerned about our being than our doing. He wants us to spend time with him more than anything else we do for him.

In Matthew 11:28-30 (Message version) Jesus says: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Jesus invites us to walk with him and keep company with him. This is where we find true rest and freedom. This is where we get to live from a place filled with grace. This invitation is open to us today and everyday.

Do we realise that Jesus' greatest desire is to engage in relationship with us?

This is the main course. The choice is ours.

Will we choose the main course?

- Desarie Annadurai
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