February 27, 2021
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 10:40-42 ESV
Serving is at the heart of our Gospel. Jesus came to serve and to give his life as a ransom (Matt 20:28), but he would first spend time resting in the Father and discerning his will. In contrast, when our identity is intertwined with serving, our acts of service can become a hindrance to our spiritual growth and bear the fruit of anxiety. (This is true for any aspect of our character when it is our means of proving self-worth.). However, when our acts of service are borne out of worship (“sitting at the feet of Jesus” through his Word), we powerfully impact others and bring glory to God.
Father God, help us to serve you and others from a place of worship. That like your Son, we would become agents of change in our world. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling