Our Self-Imposed Tasks

by | Apr 8, 2020 | Relationship, Work

“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.” Luke 10:38 – 39 NIV

How often do we stand still and listening to Jesus? Notice she had no worries. All she was doing was focusing on Jesus and His words.

Mary was blessed. She became invigorated and she could see a bright future. Jesus would always be with her! He confirmed it with her: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19 NIV

What else did she need?

I wish I could be there and hear what Jesus was telling her. But that was between the two of them.

Jesus talks to us as well and every time he talks to me, I am invigorated and His love surrounds me. No worries! Jesus is with me. I am at peace.

Sadly, Martha was not experiencing Jesus at all, although Jesus was in her home. “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!” Luke 10::40

Martha was distracted. She was a busy bee, always looking for what to do, no matter what. Did she find peace? No! Did she feel loved? No! Did she listen to Jesus’ words? No! She missed all the blessings because she was too busy!

Martha was frustrated because no one was helping her with her own super imposed tasks.

She accuses Jesus: “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Luke 10::40

Martha tries to leave Jesus alone because she needs help to do all her tasks. Jesus can wait! We have better things to do.

Mary was not listening to Martha. Her ears were wide open to what Jesus was telling her. No one will ever rob her from these words.

However, most of us are like Martha. I spent some time in Australia and when I first came back home, I asked Jesus: “What is next? Is there something I can do now?” He answered with one word: “Rest.”

“But there are people who need me.”

He answered: “I am there for them.”

I too can be a Martha, but her shenanigans led her to nowhere. She was frustrated. I was heading to become a Martha as well!

Too often, we jump on the bandwagon and head for more work. It is endless and never will it ever stop!

It doesn’t have to be like that. Instead of being so busy, we should spend every day with Jesus and listen to His words. You will be able to do way more, doing what Jesus would do. He will stand with you.

If you cannot hear Him, that can happen when we are too busy, read your bible. Open it and ask Jesus to guide you in the Bible. He will do that.

Do we prefer to be frustrated? Martha was and many others like me as well.  It is time to stop being busy all the time. Let us listen to the voice of Jesus. Then we will be a real blessing in this world.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

With Jesus on our side, we will never be frustrated. Either we do our own busy, endless tasks that leads nowhere or we follow Jesus like Mary. She was the one who was blessed.

You have now a choice: Continuing your self-iimposed tasks or enjoying Jesus fully. What will be your decision?

Rob Chaffart


Our Self-Imposed Tasks