Guest post with Pastor Arlyn Rusche
Manuals, Instructions, Directions, Expectations – all-ways in which we seek to set in place “how-to” elements.
Whether a new piece of furniture, a new device, or a new job, there usually is some form of a manual, set of instructions/directions, or expectations. These are established to help guide us as we put items together, utilize the devices, or engage in a particular line of work. Sometimes, the challenge can be how not to get so wrapped up in “how to do something” that we miss the experience of owning the products/devices or the opportunity to use our gifts.“But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, ‘Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me’ (Luke 10:40)” #guestpost… Click To Tweet
Martha’s efforts to essentially “form the foundation” for Jesus’s visit by making sure all preparations were set in place, Martha became overwhelmed. She was frustrated that her sister was sitting at Jesus’s feet instead of assisting with the preparations.
Do we often focus so much on the “preparations” that we miss out on the event itself?
“Martha, Martha, the Lord answered, ‘you are worried about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken from her’ (Luke 10:41-42)”
It may appear our role in this life is to form the foundations and getting everything in its place. Yet, Jesus confirms for Martha that there is something better than the worries and concerns of setting the foundation. Just as Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, we are called to let go of our fears and worries and surround ourselves in Jesus’ presence.
Jesus has laid the more substantial foundation for us, and that cannot be taken away.
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (Colossians 1:13-14)”
Our foundation in this life has been formed not by our own efforts, but by God through Jesus Christ. As we sit with Jesus, the fears and darkness inside of us are set free, and we experience the fullness God desires for us. Finally, we are redeemed through Christ’s death and resurrection, and in the forgiveness of our sins, we finish our lives, not as an ending but the beginning of a new life with God that will last for an eternity.
May we seek the Lord as our foundation builder.
May we seek the Lord to experience freedom from our fears.
May we seek the Lord to finish this life forgiven and redeemed.
About the author: Pastor Arlyn Rusche is an Ordained ELCA Lutheran Pastor. He currently serves as Associate Pastor of Worship & Family Ministry at Trinity Lutheran Church in Chambersburg, PA. In his free time, he enjoys working out, learning about wellness and music. You can follow him on Instagram: @activefaithfearconqueror or Facebook: @ArlynRusche