Monday, March 30, 2015

Fellowship in the Midst of Serving

Deuteronomy 33:26
There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor.
Deuteronomy 33:26

Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)
Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, "This is the way, walk in it."
Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)

Romans 1:16 (NIV)
I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
Romans 1:16 (NIV)

Luke 41-42 (NIV)
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

I can imagine Martha thinking that men just don't understand the many details that need to be attended to when you are not only having a group of people for a meal, but also staying with you. I don't think the point was that those things didn't need to be done. Of course they needed to be done or the meal would never be served and sleeping arrangements never made. But Martha didn't need to be getting so worked up over them. She was allowing herself to miss out on fellowshipping with Jesus even as she served.

I think there are times to sit quietly at Jesus' feet and there are times to fellowship with him even as we serve.

Perhaps Jesus had Martha sit down and calm down for a bit as he spoke. And then he could have gotten up and gone to the kitchen with her to help prepare and serve the meal. I love this picture of Jesus helping, no, showing us how to serve with a sweet attitude after we've spent time with HIM.

Lord, please help me to serve my family with a sweet attitude. Help me to know when it is time to just sit quietly at your feet and when it is time to fellowship with you in the midst of serving. In Jesus' Name, amen.

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