Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Martha and Mary

Luke 10:38-42
Mary and Martha Worship and Serve ] Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 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.” ...

     Both Martha and Mary served Jesus in two different ways and Jesus thought they were both important.  Martha was busy cleaning and cooking and welcoming her Guest, while Mary just sat there at Jesus' feet.  "I can't believe that Mary is just sitting there." Martha stewed to herself.  "I'm cleaning and cooking while Mary just sits there."  Martha was peeved at the thought that Mary could just sit there while she busied herself with work.  Martha even asked Jesus if He cared that she just sat there and wanted Him to tell her to help.  Jesus basically told Martha that Mary had chosen to serve Him in her way and that sitting at His feet was just as much of worship and service as being busy.

     How do you serve?  Are you busy at church or in your ministry doing and doing and doing until you can't do anymore?  Or are you sitting and praying and singing out praises of worship to Jesus in a restful way?  It doesn't matter how you serve, it just matter where your heart is in the service. Do you take time for Jesus in your ministry or do you just "keep busy?"  If you're not focused on Jesus and His will, but yourself and your will, it's neither service to Him nor worship of Him.  You're just serving and worshiping yourself.  If Jesus isn't first, that means you are, so where is your service and worship?

     Take time to reflect on what you have to do today and thank Jesus for the day you have and what He has given you and what you do each day will be blessed by Him.  If you're a Martha and keep busy, do it for the right reason.  If you're a Mary and sit and worship, do it for Jesus.  Service to Him comes in many ways so serve Him and do it gladly in the way that is best for you and the way Jesus calls you to.

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