when Jesus comes to dinner

image courtesy of the crozet gazette


It’s nice to know that if Jesus ever shows up at my door, he’ll be perfectly content eating popcorn for dinner.  This from Luke 10:38-42:

As Jesus and his disciples were passing through a village, a woman named Martha invited Jesus into her home.  As she was busy making preparations for a meal worthy of the Son of God — slaughtering chickens, peeling potatoes, cutting tomatoes into little flower shapes, and making a mighty fine mustard cream sauce — her sister, Mary, sat with Jesus on the front porch and listened to all he had to say.  Martha wasn’t happy about this one bit and complained to Jesus, “Lord, don’t you care that my slacker sister’s leaving me to do all the work by myself?  Tell her to get off her bubble goose and help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” Jesus replied, “why you buggin’ so?  You’re stressed and worried about so many things, but only one thing’s needed.  Mary’s chosen what’s most important, and it won’t be taken away from her.  Now go order a pizza and get out the paper plates; and let’s sit and talk.”

I can’t help but think about some of our complicated, elaborate, and time-consuming systems of “doing” worship, church, and missions:

Buildings, programs, and sound systems.

Ministers and worship leaders constantly scurrying about.

Flow charts, diagrams, and studies on church models, church attendance, and church growth.

Can’t we just have a cup of coffee on the front porch and listen to Jesus?


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10 responses to “when Jesus comes to dinner

  1. Beka

    So true!! A wonderful reminder…..

  2. Aw c’mon now…Don’t be playing with me like that. Why, afterall, those things are important right? NOT. Just to sit at Jesus’ feet, attentive to Him, is worship!!

    Pastor Andy Logan
    All Nations Word and Worship Center
    author of Plugging Into Real Worship

  3. Isn’t Jesus in the details!?

    Wait.. that’s the devil isn’t it. Man.. someone’s got some ‘splaining’ to do.

  4. I would love to sit on the porch with Jesus and have a cup of coffee whilst listening to him! 🙂

  5. Milynda

    Amen…but the pizza would be homemade and on real plates and the coffee Starbucks. Yes, I am a Martha and I HATE it.

    • well, milynda, at least you’re not roasting the beans yourself…

      and i don’t think there’s anything wrong with being a martha most of the time. being hardworking and disciplined to accomplish tasks seems to be a good thing. i think it was only because Jesus was present that he scolded her a little. when we can’t recognize the importance of sitting and listening to Jesus for all the work we’re doing… that’s when the problems arise.

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