We Must Worship to Serve

I’m working through a Bible study on the book of Luke. Today’s lesson covered chapter 10 where the story of Martha and Mary is found.

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42

It’s sad how we can get so bogged down in doing that we become “distracted” from the important — Jesus! Of course, as Jesus reminded the lawyer previously in the chapter, we are still to love our neighbor. There is still much service to be done, but it should be an overflow of our worshiping Him. As Elizabeth George stated at the end of the study,

When we take time to worship, we discover that communion with God is the starting place — and the sustainer — of all our service for God and for others.

May we all worship and allow the overflow to be love and mercy towards others. As James reminds us, our faith will be evidenced by our works, so let’s show Him to the world!


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