JULY 24 - Revelation 3:20 and Luke 10:41-42

DAY 24 - PROFILES AND PROMISES

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me."
Revelation 3:20
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"Now it came to pass, as they went, that He entered into a certain village; and a certain woman named 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 10:41-42
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Memory Catcher: The familiar little line comes to mind:
 Mary, Mary, quite contrary ...
And she certainly was to sister Martha.
We'll note some key attributes of Mary by utilizing her name as an acrostic:
Meaningful, Attentive, and Responsive to Yahweh (God.)
Christ came knocking but Mary, alone, enjoyed the "true" dining experience afforded both sisters.
Mary displays a profile delighting in promise.
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Two siblings, both in possession of notable attributes, are afforded the privilege of a "dining" experience with Christ.
Normally their attributes work favorably together ... but not here and not now.
Martha and Mary's personalities clash, clang, and bang so loudly that Christ is asked to step in and play referee:
Martha is working; Mary is reclining.
Martha is reactive; Mary is responsive.
Martha is conventional; Mary is intentional.
Martha is talking; Mary is listening.
Christ blows the whistle and makes a call ... in favor of Mary.
*Martha is offended; Mary is defended.
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Hmmm ...
Great strengths can become great weaknesses when they are not channeled and appropriated rightly.
Martha got all mixed up in her day, as we so often do in our own, and forfeited time with Christ for activities centered "around" Christ.
In her flurry of activity she forfeited intimacy and ... lost the game.
Showing herself responsible and dutifully engaged;
Martha missed out on intimacy and being "beautifully" engaged.
The prize went to Mary.
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Mary's disposition granted her a favorable position with Christ.
With heart and posture bent and intent on time with Him, she sat and enjoyed the "abiding" with Him.
She didn't apologize to her sister for inappropriate behavior or ask for a leave of absence to sit at His feet while her sister worked.
Christ's knock at the door brought Mary to her knees and in rapt attention, she gave herself over to Him, and was blessed immeasurably by Him.
"Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."
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There are many things that men can take from us ... but abiding with Christ will never be one of them.
When we make Christ our priority and posture ourselves in eager anticipation for His presence, we are given something extraordinary.
Abiding is a powerful, beautiful, meaningful act that contributes to depth and intimacy with Him, and there's not an activity on earth that can manufacture its internal result.
Don't confuse intimacy with activity.
Set your meaningful activities aside and simply abide with Christ today.
"Choose that good part which shall not be taken away from you."
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Abiding and Intimate Father, 
Forgive me for exchanging activity for intimacy and neglecting the weightier matters of the soul.
Let me enjoy a time and space of "abiding" with You that precedes activities done "for" You.
Let me deliberately and intentionally set aside time to "do" nothing but "be" with You.
Let me resist the "demands" of duty that continually impose themselves upon me, and see them for what they are: the lesser.
Grant me the heart of a Mary and secure me with a sacred hunger for Thy presence and Thy word.
Amen.