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October 03

Luke 10, 38-40

Something to read

38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying. 40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, `Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.'
New Revised Standard Version

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Something to think about

I have often wondered why most church members avoid providing dinner for the visiting preacher, unless they know them. 

When Jesus was in the Jerusalem area he found Martha & Mary’s home at Bethany open to him and his disciples. It was from here he based his ministry and may well have ridden from here into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.

Notice in the reading that it is Martha who welcomes him [v38], it is she who is  concerned about the serving of the guests [v40]. Whilst Mary, her sister, on the other hand is taken up with Jesus’ teaching which, like in some cultures today, was not the accepted place of a woman.

Reading the gospels you soon become aware that many homes were open to Jesus, and often you read that ministry and teaching went on over a meal.

Over the years as a minister I have known some Christian homes that have been centres of ministry within their neighbourhood, but sadly there have also been those with closed doors.

It was once asked, ‘If Karl Marx had found accommodation with a Christian family in London would he have written Das Kapital?’

Something to do

Do you see your own home as ‘open’ or ‘closed’ to others?
Write down the reasons for your reply.

Using a Bible concordance maker note how Jesus used homes, houses, during his ministry.

Something to pray

Give thanks to God for those who have opened their homes to you,
Give thanks for those encouraging conversations over a meal.

Reflect before God on your own home situation,
Pray that you will be able to use it to His glory. 

Today's contributor is The Rev Frazer Hawkes, a retired Methodist minister, who is a volunteer with Christian Aid's London and South East team.

 

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