Worship and Work

Monday, January 2, 2017

Worship and Work

Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house.—Luke 10:38

Imagine if you were to suddenly hear a bunch of cars outside. When you look out your window, you see a motorcade pulling up. Out steps a person of great importance, who walks up your sidewalk and rings your doorbell. When you answer the door, the dignitary says, “We were just driving through the neighborhood and were wondering if we could come in and have a bite?”

One day, the Creator of the universe showed up at the home of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Of course, Martha wanted to make something for Him, but Mary wisely recognized it as a unique opportunity. Instead of going and helping her sister prepare a meal for the Lord, Mary sat at His feet to drink in every word.

Meanwhile, Martha was growing increasingly frustrated because there was so much work to do. Finally, she walked in and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me” (Luke 10:40).

Jesus told her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (verses 41–42). In other words, “Martha, you are too busy. You’re cumbered about with too much serving. Your sister has chosen the better part.”

True worship will produce work, but work should never take the place of worship. If you are really in fellowship and communion with God, you will want to do things that please Him. Mary seized the moment and sat at His feet.

There is a time to work, and there is a time to worship. There is a time to be active for the Lord, and there is a time to sit at His feet.

Dig Deeper:

Today’s Radio Program
“It’s All How You Look at Things–1”
This Week’s TV Program
“Home Sweet Home”
Today’s Bible Reading
Genesis 3-5; Luke 2
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