I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:
2 That you receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.
by Llynn Enmen
Section 8 LM Director
"SHUT THY DOOR"
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to the Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
We are all familiar with the instructions Jesus gave to the disciples on how to pray in Matthew 6, but Jesus added another dimension to their prayer by telling them to enter thy closet and shut thy door. The door in the entrance to your mind and heart. It’s a door that no one can shut for you because you are the only one in control.
We live in a world of distractions, to the point that many people are no longer able to focus. Electronics and cell phones control our lives. Even when we are not calling or checking social media, regardless what is going on, our senses are tuned to feel a vibration or to hear the beep of a notification. Our ears and minds are constantly bombarded by radios, Pandora, sirens, internet, movies, online training, etc... You get the picture: we battle noise pollution.
Jesus wants us to take some time to shut the world off. He wants time alone with you and not competing with the distractions of the world. This is why He said not just to enter “thy closet,” but “shut thy door.”
The closet is a secret inner chamber, and when thy door is shut, you are making the entrance of other things inaccessible. It’s takes a conscious effort to create a place away from distractions and noise. A quiet place for you and God alone. A place for uninterrupted conversation.
Luke 10:38-42 gives the familiar story of Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus while Martha rushed about serving. She wanted Jesus to tell Mary to get up and help her. Jesus response was that Mary had chosen the good part that was not going to be taken away from her.
In the midst of a dinner party of thirteen with the pressure on to serve them all, sometime after the start of the dinner, Mary walked away from the kitchen to sit at Jesus feet. Plates rattled, sheep bleated in the background, and feet thudded on the stone floor as Martha walked in and out serving the disciples. Martha probably walked between Mary and Jesus to try to call attention to her need of help. But Mary, however, had shut the door in her mind to everything around and retained her focus on Jesus. Mary chose to sit at his feet, be quite and take in everything. Mary didn’t read the Torah or sew to stay busy while she sat there. Her undivided attention was on Jesus. It was a rare chance she had and she took it. Jesus would be on his way tomorrow, so this opportunity to get the good part counted as important.
Undoubtedly Martha hear snatches of the words of Jesus and loved what she heard. Over the pouring of water and setting down another tray of food she heard words that stirred her soul, but all she got was bits and pieces: disjointed sentences she tried to piece together as she grabbed another loaf of bread and misunderstood words because her back was turned to Jesus at that moment. This piecemeal was not enough to keep Martha when she later accused Jesus of letting Lazarus die, however, the good part Mary obtained, while sitting at Jesus feet, gave her hope in the face of death.
Today we have a chance to enter the closet, but don’t forget to shut the door, and sit at His feet. There In the quiet He will speak to our souls and pour into us the good part, which no one can take from us!