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Time to Sit Down - Monday, May 14th, 2007

“Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’ But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’”
Luke 10:38-42

Last night as I was driving away from the TENT, I felt so blessed to be apart of what has been happening INSIDE THE TENT. The Lord is moving in ways that are exciting. They are unfathomable. Lives are being changed. Christians are turning back to the Lord. People are coming to Christ. But as I thought of the “church” in Dallas, I wondered what it would take for any of them to come and rest in the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, please hear me say this, I am not claiming that this is the only place that a person can find the Holy Spirit in Dallas. But there is definitely is a movement of God sweeping across the property and those that are coming to the TENT are being affected. Why not be apart of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit?

Well, I have my thoughts and ideas about this dilemma. And the first problem with what I just wrote is that they are my thoughts. They are my ideas. But my hunch is that many people are busy, even too busy doing “Christian things.” Life is throwing so much at us that we are just trying to stay afloat. We have so much to do in so little time. And many times it is even for the sake of the kingdom of Christ. But for once in our life, why can’t we set it all aside to rest at the feet of Jesus? Why can’t we stop the busyness and bask in the presence of the Lord? One of the speakers last week provided a wonderful picture of the body of Christ here in Dallas. He said, “We are a bunch of ants working on our own ant piles. We are constantly working.” Isn’t this the truth? There is always more to do. Trust me, as I continue to “organize” the revival logistics, I feel that there is always more to be done. But sometimes, I need to pull the plug on the computer. I need to throw away the clipboard. The pens and papers need to go. The thoughts about marketing ideas need to go out the window. I need to sit at the feet of Jesus. Look at the differences between Martha and Mary with Jesus. Luke wrote in Luke 10: 38-40, “Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.’” This is quite the comment made to Christ! Here we have two sisters with two different approaches to their relationship with Jesus. Martha, with her acts of service were probably meant with good intentions, but as Christ addressed this issue ~ He states that we need to discern when it is appropriate to be busy and when we need to rest in the Lord.

Jesus said in response to Martha’s complaint about Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’” Christ told Martha to relax and do what Mary is doing. For there will always be work. There will always be better ways to set the table. There will always be more food to prepare. But we aren’t guaranteed a movement of God like we are experiencing during this 40-days. All it would take is for people to come and sit in the presence of the Holy Spirit at the TENT. Therefore, let us stop doing what is expected of us as Christians, and begin looking to spend time with Jesus. Let us stop doing the norm and think out of the box.

I am thankful for Martha’s sister Mary. She understood the importance of slowing down the activities to be near to Jesus. Unfortunately, I am more like Martha. I have a tendency to be busy all day long. And I think so many times, so do the Christians within this city. We have good intentions. We have desires to serve the Lord at all times. But PLEASE HEAR ME…if we recognize that the Holy Spirit is present and moving, we must stop all things. Therefore, let us not miss what God is doing INSIDE THE TENT on Gaston Avenue.
-klm
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan