Tag Archives: The Challenge

Rest and Work

There are few narratives in the Bible that are as endearing as Mary and Martha.

We’ve all been there. We are working our tails off and our sibling is sitting around doing nothing. It’s so frustrating. It drives us crazy. We want Mom or Dad to step in and make things fair.

As they continued their travel, Jesus entered a village. A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home. She had a sister, Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word he said. But Martha was pulled away by all she had to do in the kitchen. Later, she stepped in, interrupting them. “Master, don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”
The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it’s the main course, and won’t be taken from her.”
It is such an honest passage. Even Jesus’ response is honest.
All of us struggle with our Martha and Mary selves. Most of the time the issue isn’t whether or not we choose to sit before Jesus or if we’re working too much. The reality is that most of us struggle to find rhythm. We work, work, work, work, and then cease working. What we need to find is a rhythm of work and rest.
Have you ever seen a grandfather clock? It only works right when the pendulum is in proper rhythm. When the pendulum stops the clock ceases to tell time. It is no longer able to carry out its purpose.
We are the same way. We need a work – rest rhythm. This is one of the reasons that God instituted the Sabbath. We need the explicit reminder of our need for rhythm. The beauty in this is that there is freedom to be Martha and to be Mary. 
Where are you on the pendulum swing? Are you working too much? Resting too much? Are you in rhythm? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Living It

This past Sunday night was a different one for the Antioch Movement. We gathered for a meal (that’s normal) and we gathered around the Lord’s table (that’s normal) but in between we did something that was odd. We took out our calendars and put a couple of dates down. Typically in between dinner and communion… Continue Reading

Training Is Hard

Recently I started working out again. It is something that is not always what I would consider fun. Our gym gives you two free sessions with a trainer and it gives you a taste of what it would be like to have one regularly. Trainers don’t care about your comfort. They care about helping you… Continue Reading

The Story of Sending

At the Antioch Movement we are committed to sending. It is part of our DNA. We are a sending community seeking those far from God. We invite you to listen to this message by Dan, one of our movement architects, to get a sense of why we are so committed to being sent. Continue Reading

Why Move to Ypsilanti?

We are launching The Antioch Movement with purpose and clarity. The purpose is to launch a global movement of missionary communities that function as ambassadors of King Jesus. We are clear that this movement is to be built by multiplying missionary communities that begin in Ypsilanti, MI and spread to the very ends of the… Continue Reading

Saturation

Have you ever thought about the context within which the Jesus movement began? It began in the Middle East. Specifically, in and around the area of Galilee and then migrated to the city of Jerusalem. Many times we think of these places like Galilee and Capernaum as being little farm towns. The towns while being… Continue Reading

Hospitality

“I don’t know how.” Four words that keep most people from doing, well, anything. The fear of the unknown, a sense of unpreparedness, drives us to a place of safety. We decide to not even try. This is especially true when it comes to talking with people we know who are far from God. We… Continue Reading

Sent

The Apostle John shares with us a moment that is remarkable from chapter 20 of his gospel, 19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”20 When… Continue Reading

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