Just a few thoughts from the old guy sitting on the porch watching the world go by on a cold, drab day…
Thinking about Mary & Martha again the last day or two. And if the Lord will allow me, sometime soon I plan to minister on “Overcoming One-Sidedness”.
The beauty of their story is Martha knew that after a day’s journey, Jesus would be tired and hungry…and so she provided a place to comfortably set, and went to the kitchen to fix a meal; AND Mary knowing that The Teacher in Him longed to weigh the eternal Truth in discourse, found a seat at His feet and gave Him her rapt, undivided attention.
The tragedy of their situation was that neither Mary nor Martha saw the need for each other and so were constantly at odds with one another.
So it is with us! Usually, the older, louder, more brash argument, or whoever has more followers, wins the conflict and walks away feeling justified. The other usually walks away more quietly, albeit totally unconvinced, merely cowed by the barrage of the other’s rhetoric. This tragedy is that both sides made points worthy of consideration, which, but for their sneering disregard of one another, if given consideration, could have brought them to consensus, but now are merely cast aside as a worthless effort.
The greatest tragedy is that the heart of God is once again grieved by His children who insist on being “right” over being reconciled, and continue to contend for their divergent views to the on-going disunity of His Body; and this, often over things that have NOTHING to do with Salvation. And the world is given another example of why they don’t want to be a part of us.
Sad day for the home team!
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