Luke 10:38-42 NASB
Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Only what you do for Christ will last, right? I heard this said many times in church when I first came to the Lord. I’ll never forget how excited I was when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I was in church when the doors opened and was there when the doors closed. I worked really hard so God would be pleased with me because I believed only what I did for the Lord mattered.

We see in Luke, chapter 10, that Jesus comes to the home of Martha. Martha was frustrated with her sister, Mary, because she was seated at the feet of Jesus listening to Him speak. Mary and Martha were in the same home but only one of them was in the right place. How many of us are like Martha? We’re always working for the Lord never taking the time to sit at His feet listening to His words. This is a perfect recipe for church or ministry burnout. The Bible says that Martha was distracted with all she was doing for the Lord.

The Greek translation for the word distracted means to be physically pulled or dragged away from something. Some of us are being pulled away or dragged away from where God wants us to be by some of the things we are doing in the name of God.

Jesus told Martha only one thing mattered at that moment. The things that last and succeed are the things the Son participates in. Mary was getting in on what mattered to Jesus. He was telling her first hand in His own words. It’s not our works that please God. It is our faith in God that pleases Him (Hebrews 11:6). I’ve learned one thing that matters is being aware of God’s presence and participating in that moment.

God doesn’t want us to do things we think we should do. He wants us to do things He partners with us to do.

My belief has since changed from only what I do “for” Christ will last to only what I do “with” Christ will last. What is distracting you from sitting at the feet of Jesus and getting in on what He is doing right now?

Antonio C. Sims

Senior Pastor True Worship Church | Ferndale, MI
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