One Thing Only Is Essential:
Time to Abandon The Kitchen
Luke 10:38-42 (msg)
As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. 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.”
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
I always felt that preachers gave Martha a bad rap when teaching on the story of Martha and Mary. Without a doubt I agree that sitting at the feet of Jesus is of utmost importance, but just like Martha, I derive great joy in serving and being a homemaker. I love the picture I captioned because it is a perfect example of myself making excuses before my Lord. I know, I am the only woman that tends to do this but I will go out on a limb and ask, “can I get a witness from any other women?”
I find myself yet again in one of the busiest seasons of my life. We are preparing to move another time. My husband and I have moved from both Southern and Northern California, to Tennessee and upon landing here in God’s country, moved twice. This won’t be just another location change, but my husband and I both fully grasp the seriousness of this next move. We will now establish ourselves in a home, and terrority in which we are totally aware we will be preparing for war like never before! My list of ‘to-do’s’ are not ‘to-wants’ but indeed along with daily ministry needs, our personal lives require a lot of detailed attention at this time. I have a blessed assistant helping me with spreadsheets in order to “qualify” for a home, which in and of itself demands attention, along with a thousand other tasks that must be done all within 30-60 days. I am the woman in this picture without a doubt explaining to Jesus why my attention has to be on all these tasks. If I miss something, we could miss our blessing, not get our home, and if I don’t keep up this demand for those who are in dire need of counseling and rescue, who will they turn to for help? Surely He wants me to focus on what’s at hand and the overwhelming needs of his precious people. Both Pastor Brian and I have lost our homes, and oh so much more on the battlefield of life and this move is what we have waited for and stood upon the promises of the Lord concerning us. We are ready to join our tribe and fight for this nation, our rights, families, and our freedom. Everything is at stake and we are at the precipice.
Only one thing is essential! But wait, isn’t all of this important Jesus? I looked up the word of course, and it means ‘absolutely necessary, extremely important. Central to the nature of something or someone. I had a dream last night, which isn’t unusual. Unlike many prophetic leaders these days on social media, I don’t make them public, however, I felt led to share this one with all of you because it’s essential for all of us to apply this word I am teaching, now, not later.
In my dream, Pastor Greg Locke looked at me and said “I’ve had many attempts and attacks on my life, but it’s my wife’s warring prayers that have kept me safe.” (In the natural, because I am such an organized person, I was thinking of organizing our kitchen cupboards because in this little apartment there’s limited kitchen cupboard space. Knowing we will be packing and moving, I want to be as organized as possible). I heard in the dream “ Get out of the kitchen women and pray.” I thought this was odd because I’m a proponent of women keeping their homes organized, inside and out as husbands and children need order and not chaos.
Immediately upon waking, the story of Martha and Mary came to mind.This is why it’s imperative that we know and read God’s word. “Martha, you’re fussing over way too much and getting yourself worked up over way too much.” OUCH! Ever have those “course correction moments” in the Holy Ghost? I sure hope so because every single one of us can get off course even slightly. I cannot stress enough that the times we have entered will be temulchuous to say the least. I fully understood Jesus had to course-correct His daughter in order for her to focus on that which is essential, Remember the definition? “‘absolutely necessary, extremely important. Central to the nature of something or someone.” Whether you are assigned to protect others or simply your own family, I cannot make it any more clearer that lives are at stake on so many levels. Although Martha is loved and adored for making those around her feel welcomed, loved and at home, I want to stress the importance of this prophetic word I am hearing from heaven, “Get out of the kitchen and hang on every word Jesus is speaking. Don’t be pulled away from His presence and by what every so-called “prophet or profit” is saying, but we must choose what is essential and hang on every word we hear from heaven. Ladies especially, please hear me. Your husband’s health, and his life are at stake. If you listen to what the CDC tells you, your local news, fearful family members, candy-coated preachers, or doomsday ‘profaliars’, then you are living in fear not faith. There is more at stake than you currently comprehend. Some of us have valid reasons why we have to be Marthas at the moment, but will we trust the Lord to handle all those tasks that are at hand, if we just remain at His feet? Ecclesiastes 3:8 declares, “A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. We had better know what time it is. So many just want to love, embrace, comply and tolerate what’s happening around us and even in our own homes, but I warn you this will lead to death. What we are about to enter into in the next few months will require our war chest to be full, not our organized cupboards so to speak.