“When God alters a man by regeneration, the characteristics of the life to begin with is that it is maimed. there are a hundred and one things you dare not do, things that to you and in the eyes of the world that knows you are as your right hand and your eye, and the un-spiritual person says – Whatever is wrong in that? How absurd you are! There has never been a Saint yet who did not have to live a maimed life to begin with. But it is better to enter into life maimed and lovely in God’s sight than to be lovely in mans sight and lame in God’s.” Oswald Chambers
What is it about persons who purport to follow Jesus and then live a life fully orbed in worldly things as though somehow a there is a carte
blanche card in their back pocket that serves to absolve them from all manner of living which in many cases is indistinguishable from those who have no time for Christ at all. Do you really for one moment think that there are no requirements in serving God? It is nigh to delusional thinking to believe and act as though the Lord doesn’t really care if I have my fun thinking believing there is always time to be serious later. Yet it is a misnomer to believe loving and following God should cause a person to believe he or she has to be serious all the time or even morbid. That is not God. But He does make clear to whom much is given much is required: “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” This statement of Jesus has become somewhat of an idiom in Western culture and is found, paraphrased, in Uncle Ben’s words of wisdom to Peter Parker in Spider-man: “With great power comes great responsibility.” The idea of “to whom much is given, much will be required” is that we are held responsible for what we have. If we are blessed with talents, wealth, knowledge, time, and the like, it is expected that we use these well to glorify God and benefit others. In context, Jesus had just told a parable about being ready for His return. His disciple Peter asked if the parable was for just them or for everyone. Jesus replied with another parable in which He defines the “faithful and wise manager” as one who gives out food and other allowances “at the proper time.” When the master returns and finds the faithful servant managing his resources well, he “put him in charge of all his possessions”. We have been entrusted with certain things, and faithfulness requires that we manage those things wisely and unselfishly including our time.
Then there is this. “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ “And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ It is the flesh and its demands that occupy a persons time and resources for the most part and if we can give an hour or so Saturday or Sunday we have done our bit, we have taken time for church. But let an unfortunate situation strike and the question becomes “God where are you?” Now because of immediate need impatience sets in because it seems God is not speedily responding to our urgent request and we wonder why. Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house. Jesus could have not as yet said to Martha what He can say to us; I am closer to you than your breathe why say ye Lord come? (Robinson version) But this sort of communion comes only to the yielded Saint, one who has laid down their right to themselves for the Glory of God and this commitment is the sacrificing of the flesh and it’s demands and the willingness to allow the Potter to mold and shape the Clay (you) as He will. And this my friend might seem a little ouchy to the flesh. It is truly delusional to think there is any other way, in the end it takes a death. A death to the carnal mind and it’s cravings.
And we do know that Jesus did indeed come to Martha and Mary after a purposed 3 day delay emblematic of His own death, burial and Resurrection and he went to Lazarus and the Newly Regenerated Man did come forth unto his sisters.