How Can We Best Serve Him?

Daily God Walk for Saturday, September 24, 2011

 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

          “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”– Luke 10:38-42

 Those of us who are achievers tend to be so driven by the task that we sometimes miss the better part. Such was the case with the two sisters, Mary and Martha. It was not a bad thing that Martha wanted everything to be just right for the dinner she was putting on in honor of Jesus, it just wasn’t the best thing to be concerned about at the moment.

Martha, on the other hand, was focused on Jesus. His every word held her attention as he taught her the principles of the kingdom. Martha was not lazy neither was she neglecting her duty to help her sister, but she was doing the better thing for that moment.

I once heard a well known radio preacher make a confession. He tells of how he was walking across the parking lot of the church one Sunday morning with one of his elders on his way to the service. His mind was on the church service as he walked past a very concerned looking young man who approached him calling, “Hello pastor.” This pastor hardly looked the young man’s way as he walked by mumbling “Good morning.”

His elder told him, “You’ve done it again.” He asked, “What have I done?” “You walked right past that young man who was obviously troubled and you didn’t give him even a few seconds,” he was told. He realized that the urgency of the service had overrun his sensitivity to the necessities of this young man.

There are times when we must choose the better over the urgent.

 Prayer: Lord, help me so that I don’t get so busy doing your work that I fail to serve you and others properly. In Jesus name, amen.

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