This morning as I was preparing for work, I asked God how can I serve Him more. Do you also get that feeling of doing many things but still think it is not enough? That was what I felt. I was more focused on the actual work, of getting busy, of doing something. I then got reminded of the story of Mary and Martha.
Here is the story for your reference:
Luke 10:38-42New International Version (NIV)
At the Home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I forgot what is essential; the one thing that is important. I forgot to grow my relationship with Him. Just like Martha, I was more focused on doing something else rather than reading and knowing God’s word. I got distracted. I know that I do not have to do anything to be saved. (Ephesians 2:8) His grace is already enough. But sometimes the workaholic in me wants to see results that can be quantified. In turn, I get burned out and start comparing with others. That is a major no-no. I missed the whole point of serving. I should seek Him first above all else.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33 NIV
I’m not saying that you should not serve altogether. I’m just stating that first, you must put it in your heart who you are serving for. Remember that everything is for God’s glory. He takes all credit. Not you. Whatever you do, may it be in the spotlight or the sidelines, if it contributes to growing God’s kingdom, it is pleasing to Him. It doesn’t matter if your efforts are acknowledged or not by your human masters. That is enough.
If God is calling you to serve, and he calls EVERYONE mind you, you should respond to His call. Ask your local church if there is anything you can help them with. I’m sure your skills and talents can help contribute to Furthering God’s kingdom. There is always something that you can do to help out. Happy serving!
P.S I have this post in my drafts for quite some time now but I haven’t got the time to finish it. I was reminded of it by pastor Joshua’s post in his blog. Also, this post is quite timely as it is volunteer week on my local church (Victory Pioneer)
Let me end with this quote. 🙂 Have a blessed week ahead!