Luke 12:13-15 (GNT)
A man in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide with me the property our father left us.” Jesus answered him, “Friend, who gave me the right to judge or to divide the property between you two?” And he went on to say to them all, “Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.”
Luke 10:40-42 (GNT)
Martha was upset over all the work she had to do, so she came and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to come and help me!” The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha! You are worried and troubled over so many things, but just one is needed. Mary has chosen the right thing, and it will not be taken away from her.”
God introduces himself to us by many different names, but Jehova Robastampa is definitely not one of them.
Our attitude in prayer as believers is often one of demanding that God rubber stamps our preferences rather than “thy will be done”. This is a childish way to relate with God and anyone who has little children can relate easily with this truth.
On many occasions one of my two little children will come to me demanding that I tell the other that “it is good to share”. While it is indeed good to share and I would like to help my children imbibe this virtue, I often find that the motivation is anything but concern that the other child learn a virtue.
This is the same attitude with which the man in Luke 12 approached Jesus. It was his greed that made him ask Jesus to tell his brother to share the inheritance with him not any concern for his brothers spiritual growth.
It is the same attitude that Martha expresses when she requests Jesus to ask Mary to make herself useful by joining her in the kitchen.
Many times as believers, we try to hide our own selfish agendas behind some ‘good cause’ in the childish belief that we can somehow hoodwink God into rubber stamping our agenda. The story of the greedy and grabbing man, and that of Mary and Martha make clear to us that the only person that is deceived is us.
As it says in Hebrews 4:12 (AMP)
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.