Living in the Kingdom isn’t about keeping the rules…

4 Aug

When Jesus came to her house, Martha was distracted with busily preparing Jesus something to eat.  But Jesus wasn’t impressed with her servant behavior.  How could this be when Jesus said “the greatest in the Kingdom shall be the servant of all” (see Matt 23:11)?  She was doing exactly what Jesus said was the ‘occupation’ of the greatest.  If Martha was keeping one of Jesus’ value systems why wasn’t this acceptable to Jesus?

The answer is that the Kingdom is not about complying with lifeless rules.  Rules are cold and inanimate.  They are unfeeling and unbending.  Following the rules takes little thought or consideration… and can be merely heartless compliance.   Rather, the Kingdom is about learning to hear, know and respond to the living and loving heart of God.  The Kingdom is about relationship with the King.

In Martha’s case, her problem wasn’t that she wanted to serve Jesus; it was that when the Master of the Universe and her best friend came to her house to spend time with her, she did everything but…   She obeyed the rules of servant-hood rather than understand the desires of His heart.  Of course, on another occasion serving food may be exactly what Jesus would want… just not on this occasion.  Martha had a great heart and was a good person, but she was just committed to a lesser value system.  You might say that her idol was servant-hood.

It’s been said, “You don’t earn brownie points for fixing Jesus hamburgers when He’s not asking for them”, which was Martha’s case.  So what is Kingdom about?   I Samuel 15:23 clearly states, “…has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice…”   And Paul says it so well, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” (see Rms 8:14)

In summary, the Kingdom is not about rules; it’s about falling in love with a Man whose heart loves the journey of relationship.

Question: Have you ever caught yourself flippin’ burgers when you should be doing ‘hang-out’ time?

— MLH

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2 Responses to “Living in the Kingdom isn’t about keeping the rules…”

  1. mervin lambright August 4, 2012 at 7:25 PM #

    love it love it so true mark

  2. Emeline February 21, 2013 at 11:49 AM #

    you are a great writer, i hope someday i will write as well as you do.

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