Listening to Know the Lord's Desire

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Bible Verses

Matt. 26:7 A woman  named Mary,  came to Him, having an alabaster flask of ointment of great value, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at table. (12) For in pouring out this ointment on My body, she has done it for My burial.

Consider this:

Do you know what was on the Lord's heart while He sat in Martha's home in Bethany? The Lord's heart was set on His death. He knew that He was going to Jerusalem to die. He wanted His followers to set aside their works, their doings, and go with Him to be crucified.

Luke 9:51, the beginning of the section in this Gospel on the Lord's ministry from Galilee to Jerusalem, says "And it came about, when the days were being fulfilled for His being taken up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem." The phrase "being taken up" refers to the Lord's death. Here we see that the days were being fulfilled for the Lord to go to Jerusalem that He might die there. Hence, from this time onward, the Lord's one consideration was His going to Jerusalem to die. He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem. Therefore, the unique matter on His heart as He was on the way to Jerusalem was His death.

While the disciples were on the way to Jerusalem with the Lord, they were busy in such matters as arguing who was greater and in forbidding others to do things for the Lord. In particular, the brothers were busy with their ambition. The sisters, on the contrary, were busy in serving, in ministering. But among the sisters there was one--Mary--who was not busy. She was calm and sat in silence listening to the Man-Savior's word. As a result, she came to know what was on the Lord's heart.

Mary realized that He was going to Jerusalem to die. Having heard and received the Lord's word concerning His death, she looked for the opportunity to anoint Him before He died (Matt. 26:12). The only one who had a heart for the Lord's word concerning His death and who sat quietly listening to His word was Mary. She sat at His feet and listened to the Savior's word, a word that expressed His desire and preference.

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Stress emergency kit - take it with you.

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Rubber band - Reminds you to seek the right level of tension.

Crayon - Color your world, color your perceptions away from black and white thinking.

Eraser - erase your old irrational thoughts to create new  ones.

Mini ball - reminds you to play, roll with things and bounce back.

Smiley face stickers - reminds you to smile.

Band aide - Heal the hurts of those around you, make amends - apologize.

Audio tape - reminds you to make new messages for yourself - erase the old ones and not replay them.

Comics - remind yourself to laugh as life is to serious to be taken seriously.

Post it notes - write rational reminders - ie - not to take things to seriously.

Playing cards - It's not the cards we are dealt but how we play the hand that conts.

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Not Busy Serving, but Silently Listening (2)

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Bible Verses

Luke 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord's feet and was listening to His word. 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; 42 But there is need of one thing, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Consider this:

Today many are busy trying to get saved. They think that salvation depends on what they do. But there is no need for us to do anything to be saved. In order for a person to be saved, he needs to realize that he is incapable of saving himself, for he, like the man in the parable of the good Samaritan, is one who has been stripped, beaten, and left half dead. This indicates that we all need a Savior, One who is full of compassion and love. When we realize the Savior's compassion and love, we shall enjoy His saving grace, which is full of human virtues and divine attributes. This is what it means to be saved.

Once we have been convinced by the Savior's compassion and love and are saved, we may try to do many things for the Lord. We may think that now that we love Him we should be busy doing things for Him. I have never met a saved person who does not have the thought of doing things for the Lord. Every saved person I know has the concept of working for the Lord.

Today most of the Lord's saved ones are busy trying to serve Him. They may also be trying to make the Savior busy. But those who know the Lord and who know His desire and preference would say, "Don't be so busy. The Lord wants to rest. The most precious thing to Him is not that you work for Him or try to do things for Him. What is most precious to Him is that you sit with Him and silently listen to His word. If you sit with the Lord and listen to His word, you will know His desire and preference."

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