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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?