Summary: Mary sat still. What a poignant moment. When you’re intimate with God everything is the same, rain or shine. Storm or no storm. Trust. Peace. It is still the same. Because God is the same. HE IS FAITHFUL to the core! From eternity to eternity.
Luke10:38 “...A woman by the name of Martha welcomed Him and made Him feel quite at home.
39 She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word He said.
40 But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. "Master, don't you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand."
41 The Master said, "Martha, dear Martha, you're fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing.
42 One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it--it's the main course, and won't be taken from her." (The Message)
Intimacy refers to a feeling of being close personal association and belonging together
Intimate- a person with whom one has a particular close relationship
Appointment- an arrangement for a meeting.
1- INTIMATE TIME:
In each day there are 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, and 86,400 seconds-and every one of them is a precious gift from God.
Time is something we feel we never have enough of, yet we give it away so easily. Someone once said, “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”
Time is our most precious resource. It is perishable and irreplaceable. God in His grace has given us all the same amount; — 24hours/day. The quality, joy, and impact of our lives are directly related to how wisely we use the time we have. Mother Theresa had said; “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Let us begin to use our time wisely!
Appointed Intimate Time...
This does not mean that we have to hurry or hustle through life.
If you give your time to God, God will give His divine time to you. And when God gave us His time? Wow! Just like David.... “A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else!....” (Psalm 84:10)
Time matter as it shows how you treasure quality with your family and love ones... You would not glance on the wall clock or on your wrist watch as the Pastor is preaching his “eternal” sermon of the week! Week after week.
Our appointed time with God, should be our primary concern. Jesus had said it in Matthew 6:33’s... “seek ye first God’s kingdom and His righteousness, and ALL THESE THINGS ( what you are seeking after God) would be added unto you...
Here’s an expanded version of Matthew 6:30 and following verses from the Message Bible. "If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers--most of which are never even seen--don't you think He’ll attend to you, take pride in you, DO HIS BEST FOR YOU?
6:31 What I'm trying to do here is to get you to RELAX, TO NOT BE SO PREOCCUPIED WITH GETTING, SO YOU CAN RESPOND TO GOD’S GIVING!
6:32 People who don't know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works.
6:33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
6:34 Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. ” ( Emphasis mine...)
An Appointed Intimate Time with God should be our first priority. Then everything from that appointment flows, that we could have a time to hear and getting familiar, buddy-buddy conversation with our family, friends, co workers, yeah! Revival for us indeed!
Lastly, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” — Charles Darwin,
(The Life & Letters of Charles Darwin)
Let us evolve our ordinary time with appointed intimate, perfect time well spent with Jesus, our TimeMaster.
2- INTIMATE ATTENTION:
All about focus and attention.
This story I could never forget from bible.org.
“Too long, too far, and too low.”
Those words have stuck with me ever since I read them in a story about Manfred von Richthofen (“The Red Baron”).
The day was April 21, 1918. Richthofen led his flight of triplanes to search for British observation aircraft. An engagement ensued between a flight of Sopwith Camels led by Canadian Royal Air Force pilot Capt. Arthur Roy Brown. Brown’s friend Lt. Wilfred May was a rookie on his first offensive patrol. May had been ordered to keep out of combat, but couldn’t resist. He jammed his guns and, defenseless, headed away from the battle. Richthoten spotted the lone plane and chose it for kill number 81. Brown observed the scene below him and dove to help his fellow airman, knowing that May was no match for Richthofen. Read what happens next, “It was then, with Brown closing from behind, that Richthofen, usually a meticulous and disciplined fighter pilot, made a mistake and broke one of his own rules by following May too long, too far, and too low into enemy territory. Two miles behind the Allied lines, as Brown caught up with Richthofen and fired, the chase passed over the machine-gun nests of Australian Field Artillery.” The debate continues over who fired the fatal shot that passed through Richthofen’s torso. Ultimately it doesn’t matter— whether hit from the air or the ground, The Red Baron was mortally wounded.