Sit Before You Serve December 26, Tuesday
“And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (KJV)
One of the major problems of the church today is that there are many people who are so busy for the Lord’s work that they have no time for the Lord of the work. Working for the Lord without the love of the Lord will make you serve simply out of a sense of duty and not out of worship. You will serve to impress and not to minister, bless or influence the people. You will serve for reward and not for sacrifice. You will serve to be noticed and accepted and that type of service usually leads to bitterness, strife, envy and jealousy.
As this year draws to a close, I need you to take stock of your service in the house of God. Are you just serving and running on empty tank? Or are you constantly refilling yourself? In the scripture above, Martha was upset, not because of the visitors in the house but because Mary who should help in the kitchen was busy sitting and listening to Jesus. Jesus is not saying that it is wrong to serve. Rather He is drawing your attention to the process that makes the service acceptable and devoid of murmuring, bickering and backbiting. For you to serve successfully, you must first sit at His feed. To sit is to listen, to sit is to study the word, to sit is to be a person given to prayer. When you sit and soak in the word, service becomes natural.
Don’t go into 2015 filled with activity. Be sure to live a life of balance. Study to show yourself approved to God by studying the word and soaking in the word of God, not just head knowledge that jumps out of the window in the sight of the slightest challenge. But a heart and mouth connection too.
Further reading: Luke. 10:38-42 Daily Bible Reading: Morning Haggai 1-2, Evening Revelation 17