Living Free - Aug. 20, 2007

Today's Scripture
The Master said, "Martha, dear Martha, you're fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it—it's the main course, and won't be taken from her." Luke 10:42 MSG

Thoughts for Today
Are you so busy serving God and doing good things that you don't have time for him?

In Luke 10 we read the story of two sisters: Mary and Martha. Jesus and his disciples visited their home, quite possibly for the first time. Martha busied herself in the kitchen. She wanted everything to be just right for their special guests.

While Martha scurried to prepare the food, Mary sat calmly at the feet of Jesus, absorbing all that he said. Getting to know him better.

Finally Martha, totally stressed out, barged into the room and told Jesus to send Mary into the kitchen to help her. But Jesus lovingly explained to Martha that Mary had chosen the most important thing, the "main course," and that Martha was fussing too much about less important things.

Was Martha wrong to want to be a good hostess? Of course not. She wanted to serve Jesus well. But she let serving him become more important than knowing him.

Consider this…
Don't we do the same thing?

Sometimes we get so busy in a ministry, or helping people, or working for good causes—all in the name of Jesus—that we fail to put him first. To spend quiet time with him, knowing him better, absorbing his love and joy and peace.

Let's not forget the most important thing—the main course.

Father, I know that sometimes I get so busy doing things, even good things, that I neglect spending time with you. Teach me to be more like Mary. In Jesus' name ...

These thoughts adapted from…
A Passionate Pursuit of God: Drawing Nearer to Him by Dr. Mike Chapman is the second study in the Abundant Living Series. This 45-minute format will accommodate groups with limited meeting times. This study shows you how to move into God's inner circle, how to listen for the voice of God, how to enjoy the freedom of worship, and how to embrace the mission of worship. 



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