Friday, January 4, 2013


We always love to hear from our good friend Michelle Haswell. She and her husband Greg lead Northlands Church in Atlanta and are on the Hope at Home Team. Enjoy!

Many of us are familiar with the well known story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38:42

Exhausted and worn out , Martha comes to Jesus. She is desperate for help with dinner (sound familiar?!) and needs an extra pair of hands so she can do what is necessary to be a good  hostess.

Jesus refuses to give her what she wants. He looks past her momentary difficulty and He sees a life filled with anxiety and distraction, desperate to please.

One Thing
Jesus wants to give her  a firm foundation for her life and He tells her she has need of only ONE THING - one thing that she can take with her no matter what the circumstances are.

So what is this 'one thing' that the Lord offers us amidst the frenzy of different demands,  distractions,  endless calls for our time from schools, jobs, home, church etc...what is He saying?

I believe He is simply calling us to a revelation of His deep love for us and an understanding that He is never disappointed in us, that we always qualify in His eyes as His beloved. 

Too often we measure ourselves against standards that the Lord never set for us and we disqualify ourselves in our own eyes because we have a bad day...who doesn't have a bad day when you're called to parent!?

When I'm secure in God's love for me and His faithfulness towards me , I'm strengthened amidst any crisis. I don't lose my footing or believe a lie that I disqualify as a good parent!

You can watch two people go through very similar hardship sand one comes out tired but whole, declaring Gods goodness. The other one comes out broken and feeling like a failure. Both probably had no choice but to walk through the valley, but one had an expectation of the Lords faithfulness and a security in the Father's love for them. The circumstances never disqualified them from the love and blessing of their heavenly Father. Amidst the crisis that were able to partake of their inheritance. 

Let's have a look at what the scriptures say about whether or not we qualify in the Lord's eyes.... After all what He thinks about us is what really counts, right?

Colossians 1:12 "Giving joyful thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of His holy people in the kingdom of light."

We are qualified to share in all His goodness, His love, His forgiveness and so much more. One version says we are partakers... When I read this I realized that I
 can sit in front of a delicious meal but will get no enjoyment out of it unless I partake of it. We are qualified in Jesus to partake of all His goodness and blessings.

Colossians 2:14 says that He completely cancelled and wiped away everything that was held against us..and nailed these things to the cross.
verse 18 says that we are to let no one declare us unworthy and disqualify us ....why?? Because our heavenly Father has declared us qualified. Now that is good news! 

This is news we carry with us regardless of circumstances that surround us and voices, both external and internal that scream the opposite at times! Jesus wanted to give Martha the gift of being secure in His love at all times.

His banner over us is always love because we are His beloved and He is ours. We are qualified to share in a glorious inheritance at all times and in all seasons not because of anything we have done but because of everything that Jeus did as He cancelled all accusation against us and declared us qualified!

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