Volume. XXIX, No. 14
Sunday, 05 October 2014


Two Sisters


Long time ago, in a town called Bethany

Lived two sisters, a Martha and a Mary

They loved the Lord with all of their heart

Each one doing their own little part.

 

When Jesus visited them one day

This caused elation, and then dismay!

For one sister wanted to serve her best

To her that meant there was no time for rest.

 

She hurried about, rushing to and fro

Everything must be right and just so!

She worried and fussed about the meal,

The Lord in their midst didn’t seem quite real.

 

“I have to give my best, “ she thought.

But Jesus Himself, she forgot.

Till she saw her sister sitting there

At Jesus’ feet, without a care!

 

Anger and envy filled her mind

“She’s not helping me, she’s not being kind!

How mean of her to do this to me,

I must tell Jesus and make Him see!”

 

But Jesus answered and said unto her

“I know both your heart and that of your sister.

Your good intentions and care you give;

Love with service, that’s how you live.

 

But worry and cares have taken away

The better part: to choose to stay

And hear my words and commune with me

For this good thing, I commend Mary.”

 

For she had seized the chance to hear

The words of the Lord she holds most dear;

How else to know what He bids us do

Or hear of His amazing love for you.

 

So let us get our priorities straight:

There are some things that just have to wait.

We must take time to spend with God;

Anything less we cannot afford.

 

Time to listen and time to pray

Time to read His Word each day

For there is no more important goal

Than to love the Lord with heart, mind and soul.

 

*Creative license taken by the author to paraphrase Luke 10:38-42

 

These few verses in Luke 10:38-42 tell us a lot about our sinful human nature, even though we may love and serve the Lord. The Lord loved this family of Martha, Mary and their brother Lazarus. And they loved Him. However, there are a few lessons we can learn from Martha and Mary from this short passage.

 

1. Get our priorities right

 

We may love the Lord, but if we lose sight of Him amidst our busyness of “serving” or “doing” for Him, then we have misplaced our focus. Mary chose to hear Jesus’ words. How often do we get an opportunity to do that? We will always be able to serve the Lord whether at work, school, home or church (for example, showing our love for others by hospitality, serving at church, etc.) but do we seize the chance to hear God’s Words? Jesus’ disciples had the opportunity to hear Jesus’ words from His lips while He walked on earth. They didn’t understand they wouldn’t have Him for long. There are places in the world that do not have the freedom to hear and study God’s Word at liberty. Will you let your many opportunities slip through your fingers? What if the day comes when we do not have this freedom anymore?

 

2. Do not compare yourself with others

 

There are many pitfalls if we start comparing ourselves with others.  Jesus told Peter not to concern himself about what others were doing but to follow Him (John 21:20-22). When we look at others, we look away from God. Comparing yourself to others may:

 

A. Make you “puffed up” - as the Pharisee in Luke 18:10-11 was. In looking at what others were doing and comparing himself, he thought he was more righteous than other men. When Martha compared herself to what Mary was doing, she started thinking she was more righteous. This has the added effect of “putting someone down”. That is, by elevating yourself in your eyes, you are effectively looking down on someone else. We are commanded instead to esteem others better than ourselves (Phil 2:3-5). Let the humility of Jesus Christ be an example to us.

 

B. Make you discouraged - Elijah felt so discouraged that he requested to die (1 Kings 19:4). He felt he could not bear the burden, as those before him did. In the verses following, God dealt very gently with Elijah (1 Kings 19:5-15) but He also reminded Elijah who He was and that He still had a job for Him to do. Being discouraged is not a sin, but let us also be reminded not to look at and depend more on ourselves rather than God, who is able to continue to use us if we are willing.

 

3. Do not be anxious

 

Martha was anxious that everyone be served properly. She probably felt that she should do her best for the Lord whom she loved dearly. This caused worry about external things (hospitality), but she neglected the more important inner spiritual nourishment. Serving the Lord is important, but if this causes anxiousness, then the motive may need to be corrected. Do not borrow trouble for yourself, do what God has given you the ability to do and seek Him first and always (Matt 6:33-34). We also need not worry about what others think, as long as we are doing God’s Will. He knows what is in your heart. If you are doing something because of what others may think, then we need to examine our motives again. Man may look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart (1 Sam 16:7).

 

Deaconess Joyce Gong


More Lively Hope

 

Announcements

*Kitchen Roster - Leader: Today: Bro Boong Atijatuporn. Next Lord’s Day: Dn Colin Gan.

*Warm Welcome to our pulpit: Rev Mark Chen, Pastor of Covenant B-P Church, Perth.

*No Adult Sunday School & BBK today. All are welcome to join the AFG - YAF Retreat message by Rev Mark Chen this afternoon.

*Junior/Adult RPGs, & Daily Manna for next QTR available on literature table. Donation $1 per copy.

*Parents who want their children baptised please inform Elder Michael D Lee by today.

*All those seeking Baptism, Re-Affirmation or Membership Transfer must have their testimonies sent to Elder Michael D Lee by Wednesday, 8 Oct.

*Sunday School Dinner on Sunday, 19 Oct, at 5:30 pm. Parents, students & teachers are invited & encouraged to come. Dinner will be provided. RSVP Dns Purdee Yeo by today.

 

Praise & Thanksgiving 

1. Journey mercies: Ps Okman & Sis Myung Ki; Bro Vincent & Sis Carol Sim (S’pore); Bro Daniel & Sis Clara Ki (S’pore/Adl); family members, relatives & friends of Ki & Sim families (S’pore); Rev Mark Chen; Dn Mark Heah; Sis Felicia Tan (Adl); Rev Hyun Choi (S Korea); Sisters Mary Ting & Peng Ha Yeo (Mal/Taiwan); Miss Shu Hui Chye (KL) & others travelling.

2. Church activities in the past week.

3. Visitors & new worshippers.

4. God’s daily mercy, guidance & blessings.

5. Rev Hyun Choi, guest speaker last Lord’s Day.

6. God’s healing: Adam Lee (surgery); William Selvanayagam & Ally Tan (virus infection).

 

Prayer Items 

1. Health & God’s healing - Dr Gary Cohen (USA), Dr SH Tow (S’pore); Rev Edward & Sis Lehia Paauwe; Rev George van Buuren; Grandpa Ki (S’pore); Bro Colin & Sis Kathleen Creaser; Preacher Zhang (Sihanoukville); Bros Herbert (Dilly) Anderson (Kenya), Raymond Ang’s father (S’pore), Surish Dharmalingam (Laos), Elton Law & Kang Fun Tan (Sis Felicia’s father - S’pore); Sisters Margaret Hooper, Grace Gan’s father (healing), Choon Fong Lee (KL), Margaret Pearson, Iris Surman’s brother, Corinne Teng, Susan Weng & Mavis Wong’s mother (salvation & healing); Mr Swee Liang Ng; Mr Mang Soo Ong; Bro Peng Cheong Wong; Mr Lucas Lee; Mr Tony Zhang; Mrs Maggie D’Mello (Mumbai); & others in affliction.

2. God’s comfort in their grief: Sis Margaret Pearson; Bro Richard & Sis Margaret Pearson & family.

3. Post-op recovery: Bro Jason Teng & Sis Myung Ki

4. God’s strength, guidance & provision: Sis Wol Hee Kim & her two daughters (S Korea).

5. Chemotherapy: Sis Queenie Lau (Canberra).

6. iSketch & Tell Studio, YouTube Ministry: Pr Hai Seng Lim.

7. Cambodia Missions - Rev Stephen Choi & ministry; Bro Sun Sokha & Ministry (Phnom Penh).

8. Laos Missions: Bro Surish Dharmalingam.

9. New Life BPC (London) - strength & encouragement for congregation; Resident Preacher Mok.

10. Providence B-P Church, Valley View - Bro David & Sis Susan Weng, & congregation.

11. Youth & Assistant Pastor for Hope B-P Church.

12. Journey mercies: Ps Okman & Sis Myung Ki (Penang/Adl); Rev Mark Chen (Perth); Sisters Xiao Hui Chye (KL) & Felicia Tan (S’pore); & others travelling.

13. Interpreters of sermon into Mandarin.

14. AFG - YAF Retreat - Speaker: Rev Mark Chen; organizers & participants.

 

 

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