Backwards Ministry


Luke 10: 38 – 42 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Jesus said Mary had discovered the one thing worthy of her concern. What was it? Sitting at the feet of Jesus. Hearing and understanding His words. Her relationship with Him.
Have you discovered this?

I ask because I know that I am great at “doing” for Jesus. I’m not so good at simply “being” with Jesus.
I get distracted by all the work to be done at the expense of my relationship with Christ.
And that’s the key. We tend to get “doing” and “being” backwards.

You see, all the work to be done is important. But too often we elevate the work above our relationship with Christ. I’ve seen this to be especially true in my life and in the lives of other people who serve in ministry.

Which is understandable. We live and breathe ministry. We are surrounded by the church. Scripture is what we are trying to instill in those we serve.
But when our work at church becomes more important than worship, there’s a problem. When our time in the Word is all about preparing our teaching, the personal message can be lost. When our to-do list for the sake of the spiritual lives of others becomes more pressing than our time with Jesus, we’ve become like Martha.

It’s a constant struggle, but we need to be like Mary. Sit at the feet of Jesus first. Make our relationship with Christ the most important element in our lives. And let our service flow from there…not the other way around.

So what’s your tendency? Are you acting like Mary or Martha?

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