Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Lord Of The Work Or The Work Of The Lord?

"But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone?  Therefore tell her to help me.  And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.  But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."
Luke 10:40-42 (NKJV)

In Luke 10 we read about Jesus being invited into Martha's home.  Martha had a sister named Mary who was also there with Jesus, but these two sisters acted differently towards Jesus.  Martha was busy with serving while Mary was sitting at Jesus feet listening to what He said.  Martha became more focused on the serving than on Who she was serving.  In fact, verse 40 says that Martha was "distracted with much serving".  Martha then complained to Jesus trying to get Him to make Mary help her with the serving but Jesus said Mary had chosen something good, hearing the words of Jesus.

In the past I read this story and thought that Jesus was not being fair, Martha was doing all the work and Mary was just sitting there.  But, I failed to pay attention to the part about Martha being distracted with her serving and Mary listening to Jesus.  When I finally considered that I understood the point to the story.  It was not about one person being forced to do all the work while the other person did nothing.  The story is about one person who was more focused on listening to Jesus and another person who was more focused on serving Jesus.  Sadly the same thing happens to many Christians today.

It is easy to get so busy serving God that we forget about just sitting and listening to Him.  If we get more focused on the work of the Lord than we do on the Lord we are working for we have a problem.  While we are called to serve God and do good works that service and those good works have their roots in our relationship with God.  To be successful in our life and what we do for God it all starts out with our spending time with Him and then serving Him.  Don't get so busy serving God that you lose focus on your relationship with God; the Lord we serve is more important than the work we do for Him.

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