Summary: We the church Of Jesus Christ at large today, have become institutions that possess a Martha mentality
Mary, an intimate relationship
HHM Pastor Jim Parisi July 28, 2002
Luke 10:38-42 38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
We the church at large today have become institutions that possess a Martha mentality
We have become consumed with the burden and labors of the world
We are like the little wind up dolls of old, marching to the syncopated and calibrated clicks of a clock
Our conviction prayer and worship has become homogenized broken down into little palatable particles that we can accept
We have learned to blend all of Gods diverse elements… all the different peoples and ideas of God into one uniform substance.
We are so worried as a group that we do not become offensive..
It is causing the churches today to compromise the word of God
Pastors are sitting in pulpits trying to find the middle ground so that the people will not become offended.
Falling in the demonic trap of the new age understanding
They slowly are doing this without knowing most of the time,
the result is that their congregations are starving for a pure word from heaven….. Real food from the throne of God
They go into elaborate mind numbing dialogue to appease the angry mob that sits and wait upon the message as entertainment and amusement
Rater then direction and leading of the Lord through His Spirit
I can stand here today with a good heart and report
I just know one thing ….THE GOSPEL, the living word of Jesus Christ is simplicity personified
It was designed for all men to understand
It was designed for all men to comprehend
Not the intellectual or overachieving
But for the simple man
The man who realizes that he has sin
Moreover, the only way to see heaven is to surrender it all and accept Him Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior
Remember the rich young ruler… he could not give up what he thought was of worth in this earth.
He met and talked to Jesus; …he was face to face with the one true living God
He was asked to give up what was of this life, and turn away from it
He could not do it…why because the security of this world was greater then His relationship and understanding with the Lord
He had head knowledge.. he was educated…. He was rich and accomplished by the world standards …he had money and distinction
The One thing that he did not have was an intimate relationship with GOD
Because Church if he did.. He would have left everything to be with Jesus He would have gave it all up to walk with him
He would have forgotten about this world and focused his eyes on the riches of heaven