I Am Present with the Lord

Psalm 118:24Although the carnal mind (or egoic mind) rebels at the prospect, we can neither think our way to heaven nor work our way to heaven.  Nor is there any call for us to sacrifice today in our desperate desire for (or fear of) a tomorrow which never comes. Rather, we are called upon to sacrifice our obsessive preoccupation with both the past and the future in deference to the day of salvation which is always now–eternally NOW!  

  • Now!Take no thought for tomorrow (Matthew 6:34)
  • Now is the accepted time . . . now is the day of salvation (II Corinthians 6:2).
  • Old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God (II Corinthians 5:16-18 NKJV). 

By abiding in the “I Am” presence, we are storing up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal (Matthew 6:20; cf. Luke 10:39-42).  Rather than merely believing in Jesus, let us know and trust the living Christ.   Like Mary, in the gospel, let us be present with the Lord, here and now! 

Mary and MarthaNow as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.  She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying.  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.”  But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;  there is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:38-42).

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One Response to I Am Present with the Lord

  1. Probably, the real thrust of this passage is much different and more powerful. It is another instance of Jesus’ subversion from within; here he is deconstructing the barriers between men and women. Martha is not miffed that Mary is leaving her more work, but that she has outrageously left the women’s space and plopped herself down in the men’s space, with no objection from the Teacher. You sat at a teacher’s feet as a disciple, a student in training to go out as an apostle, a sent one to carry the Teacher’s message on her own. That was a shocking thing to do then and still today in some traditional cultures.

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