I love church. I love working for the church, but at times, I felt like it was becoming so much work. I was focusing on music, media, and creating a theme for a service. I wanted to make it be the best it could. Nothing wrong with that, right? No, of course not. It was enjoyable, fun, and I love creating things for media, mashing up songs, etc. Eventually, I realized that’s all I was focused on.
Well, what if I told you there’s a woman in the new testament that needed to get out of the kitchen? Not that what she was doing wasn’t good, but that she tended to focus on the wrong things.
John 12:1-6 NLT
“Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.”
This passage is normally used to focus on Mary, and that is perfect. That is prophecy fulfilled every time this story is told, but I want to take a look at Martha.
With that said, our story begins in John chapter 11.
We find Martha. The same Martha that in John 11 said, “Jesus, if YOU had been here sooner, Lazarus wouldn’t be dead, I know God will do anything through You, Jesus, but… my brother will rise on that last day.” Oh, Martha, focusing on the wrong thing. Jesus swiftly reminds her, “Do you believe that I am able? That I AM who I say I AM?” She says, “Lord, you know I believe you are the Messiah.” Jesus says, “Look, just show me where his tomb is.” Martha is like, “What you talkin’ bout? My brother stinks. He’s been dead four days.”
At this point, Jesus is probably thinking, “Woman… Are you serious right now? I’m not crying because I’m sad. I’m crying because you guys are not hearing Me, and I’m pretty upset.” So, Jesus lets out a little sass, and says (in today’s language), “Did you not just hear what I said? Did I stutter?”
Martha, get it together. She was focused on the impossibilities and the smell… the wrong things. She had the Son of God, God in the Flesh standing before her, and she’s focused on the the smell. She said she believed in him, but acted like there was something more that had to be done.
She was too worried about what was going to happen when they opened up that tomb and the stench. Effectively saying, “I would love to see a miracle, but that requires for things to get a little different and weird.”
Fast forward and we’re Lazarus’ home. Martha is in the kitchen, Lazarus is chilling out with Jesus and His disciples, and Mary is on her way. Suddenly, Mary comes through the door falls to Jesus’ feet, anoints His feet with this super expensive perfume, and wipes His feet with her hair. The house smells like the perfume. It smells wonderful, and Judas’ attitude stinks it up. To which Jesus says,
John 12:7-8 NLT
“7 Jesus replied, ‘Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial.8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.'”
Mary was doing exactly what she should’ve been doing… worshiping. Martha is too busy. Lazarus is too lazy. Judas is too busy complaining and obsessing over money.
When we get into the presence of God, truly, the last thing we will talk about is: “How am I going to make it?” When we truly get in the presence of the King, and are there for Him alone, everything else becomes small.
Martha, you just saw your brother raised from the dead. Sure what you’re doing is noble, but do not be too busy and focused on the wrong things that when the King is in your presence, worshiping doesn’t even happen. Martha, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN. Stop being so focused on the wrong things. Worship God.
We have so much going on in our churches today. It is so easy for staff to get so focused on making it go off without a hitch that we often forget to worship. Yes, we need order and for things to flow well, but when the King is in the room the primary objective is to worship. If you’re a singer, what are you singing about? If you’re musician, who are you playing for? Is it about you? Making you sound good? Or is the focus of your heart on the King?
Now, let’s shift gears. I have never in my life saw so much convenience to be on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, etc. “Man, I’m just too busy to pray and read my Bible. I’m too busy to at least make an effort to attend church.” Stop right there. We are a busy generation. I thought technology was supposed to make life easier. Now, it seems people are constantly on the go. God is not looking for a people who are about their business. He’s looking for a people who are about their Father’s business. If you are so busy that all efforts of going to church cease, prayer and bible study go on the backburner.. you need to step back and reevaluate. We may be a busy generation, but GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN. Spend time with the King. Read His Word. Fall on your face and pray. We can’t be busy in His kingdom, if we aren’t trying to spend time in worship with him. There’s no way. That’s doing the service with your lips, and your heart is far from Him.
So, sing or play your heart on stage. If the main thing in your heart isn’t Jesus at that moment, it’s not worship. It’s a show. It’s not for Him. It’s for you.
Go ahead and spend all your time on social media, TV, video games, and living your life. Do not expect any kind of power or anointing to fall your way if you’re not shutting all of that off to get out of the “kitchen” and spend time worshiping Jesus.