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Be Still 9-26-17

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You don’t need me to tell you that we live in a fast paced world. I am continually reminded how my calendar seems to fly by me at warp speed. The problem is that if we live life at warp speed, we will end up with a warped soul. There has got to be a better way. There is. As the psalmist powerfully proclaims, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psa 46:10).

To “be still” is not a simple statement of pause. It means to stop going it alone and partner with God. This partnership has this caveat; He is our senior partner. We are to submit to him. Such a partnership necessitates time to pause and acknowledge God as well as listen to Him.

We discover a fascinating account in Luke’s gospel.

Luke 10:38–42 (ESV)

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

I get Martha position. I mean the Son of God shows up with His entourage unannounced, and she gets at it creating a meal from whatever she has in the house. I am sure she is excited to see Jesus, but there is some work that needs to get done. Hospitality is a huge deal.

You can picture Martha working hard and seeing Mary SITTING at the Lord’s feet. Martha asks Jesus to get Mary to help out. It doesn’t seem like such a bad request. This reaction makes sense to me. Jesus’ response cuts us to the quick:

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her” (Lk 10:41-41).

His response challenges the way I look at this account. It challenges the way I look at God.

At the core the real question is not will I take time to sit with God, but why would I not take the opportunity to sit with God who is willing to sit with me. I mean, think about it, the God who spoke the universe into existence and holds all creation together desires to sit with me.

The simple truth is that life’s demands will always exceed our capacity. The way to succeed is not merely as easy as working harder. Success comes by partnering with God. Sitting with Him and acknowledging Him as the senior partner in the relationship. Then, we walk with Him in the fullness of His strength and direction. It’s not that we are not to do, but that we must begin and continue being with Him. The work is not our focus, but He is our focus, and the fruit of such a life comes from the work He leads and empowers us to accomplish with Him.

As we serve together let us not forget we serve together with God. Let’s remind each other of this often. We are His. Our mission is His. Success is found only in Him and is to be solely attributed to Him. Life may seem to pass by at warp speed, but “be still and acknowledge God.” After all, He is the author of life. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!

Be blessed and bless others,

Craig Cooper
Lead Pastor